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Border Patrol Chief Rejects Biden's Demand to Use Non-Legal Immigration Terms

USBP Chief Rodney S. Scott says 'I cannot' comply with new 'woke' language

 on 29th April 2021 @ 1.00am
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Joe Biden is demanding that immigration officials drop legal terms for 'woke' language

The head of the United States Border Patrol (USBP) has rejected Joe Biden's demands to drop legal immigration terms and instead use more "woke" language.

USBP Chief Rodney S. Scott has stated that he "cannot" comply with the order to use non-legal terms while discussing immigration.

Chief Scott sent a memo to Troy A. Miller, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to voice his objections.

Scott informed Miller that he cannot comply with the Biden administration’s softening of legal language by banning terms such as "illegal aliens."

Last week, the Biden administration sent memos to immigration officials to outline their leftist agenda.

The order includes a ban on using language that is part of U.S. federal statutes.

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USBP Chief Rodney S. Scott says he 'cannot' comply with Joe Biden's 'woke' policies at the border

The Daily Wire reported:

The memo orders immigration officials to make changes in rhetoric such as substituting “noncitizen or migrant” for “alien,” “undocumented” for “illegal,” and “integration” for “assimilation.” …

The memos are also a clear message to immigration officials and officers who supported Trump that Biden is now in charge of immigration policy, and so immigration officials should behave accordingly

Scott sent a memo to Miller on April 16 titled, “Updated Terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection April 16.”

He explained that he cannot comply with the proposed changes and that if Biden wants to alter what illegal aliens are called then the administration needs to pass its proposed “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.”

Scott warned against politicizing the agency and said that he was becoming concerned about the morale of those charged with protecting America’s borders, according to The Daily Wire.

The memo states:

This memorandum serves as my official nonconcurrence to the proposed updated terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection communications and materials.

I will not undermine this effort; however, I cannot endorse it.

Rationale: The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) is and must remain an apolitical federal law enforcement agency.

Over the years, many outside forces on both extremes of the political spectrum have intentionally, or unintentionally politicized our agency and our mission.

Despite every attempt by USBP leadership to ensure that all official messaging remained consistent with law, fact, and evidence, there is no doubt that the reputation of the USBP has suffered because of the many outside voices.

Mandating the use of terms which are inconsistent with law has the potential to further erode public trust in our government institutions.

I am also concerned about the morale of our workforce.

To be clear, when I reference morale, I am not referring to an employee’s happiness.

I am referring to an individual’s willingness to take personal risk each day to keep others safe.

There are countless human capital studies which indicate that mission criticality and support from leadership affect the willingness of personnel to comply with policy and professional standards.

I respectfully recommend that we delay these changes until the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is enacted and then adjust appropriately.

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Joe Biden has signed several anti-Trump immigration orders since taking office

The news comes as Biden’s border crisis has caused the administration numerous headaches after it reversed much of the Trump administration’s policies.

Recent polling has found that Biden has the third lowest approval rating at the 100-day mark in his presidency.

Despite receiving positive news coverage, barely one-third of Americans approve of his handling of his border crisis.

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