Biden Orders ICE and CBP to Stop Using Term 'Illegal Alien'
The order came in the form of memos sent to Immigration and Customs
The Biden administration has ordered departments to change the terms in which they refer to those entering the country illegally.
The order came in the form of memos sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) leaders and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The Washington Post reported:
Departments will now stop using the terms "illegal alien," "alien," and "assimilation."
They were asked instead to use terms like noncitizen or migrant," "undocumented," and "integration."
These types of changes were hinted at by Biden on his first day in office.
Biden said in an executive order:
"The policy of my Administration is to protect national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety."
"We must also adhere to due process of law as we safeguard the dignity and well-being of all families and communities."
"My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws to align enforcement with these values and priorities," he continued.
A source told Fox News thar senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security has been pushing for the changes for weeks.
Federal law refers to an "alien" as "any person not a citizen or national of the United States."
Federal law also refers to the term "illegal aliens" often.
The news comes as a massive surge of migrants has overwhelmed government facilities on the southern border.
Biden finally described the surge of migrants as a “crisis” on Monday, months after he and Democrats refused to, used the word to describe the situation.
Biden spoke to the media following a round of golf at the Delaware Country Club on Saturday. Biden explained why he reversed his position on raising the caps set by Donald Trump on refugees.
"We’re going to increase the number [of refugees]," he told reporters.
"The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people."
"We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number."
In March, over 18,500 unaccompanied children crossed the border, 60 percent more than the 2019 record of 11,494.
Biden previously refused to describe the flood of migrants as a crisis in March.
“No,” he replied when a reporter asked him if it was a crisis.