In April, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered officials to stop describing foreign nationals in the U.S. as “aliens” and instead use the term “noncitizen” regardless of an individual’s immigration status.
The order conflates visa workers, green card-holders, and illegal aliens as “noncitizens.”
That same month, Biden’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started removing the term “alien” from its agency manual to be “more inclusive.”
According to the Center for Immigration Studies’ Robert Law, USCIS is continuing to purge the term “alien” — which is used more than 1,700 times in its manual — from the agency’s website.
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Apparently, this is quite a labor-intensive task, as USCIS is still making updates 10 months later. Just this week alone, USCIS swapped “alien” for “noncitizen” on the following webpages:
December 7: Green Cards for Asylees; Conrad 30 Waiver Program; GB Temporary Visitor to Guam; H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers; P-1B A Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group;
December 8: Working in the United States; and
December 9: Visa Availability and Priority Dates and E-1 Treaty Traders
The term “alien” is regularly used as a legal definition to describe a foreign national in the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) codified the term in law and defines it as “any person not a citizen or national of the United States.”
Despite objections from the Biden administration over the terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation,” the terminology was readily used by the late civil rights icon Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX) who advocated for legal immigration reductions to boost the quality of life, wages, and job opportunities for America’s working and middle class.
In a 1995 op-ed for the New York Times, for instance, Jordan blasted “policies that permit the continued entry of hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and blur distinctions between what is legal and beneficial and what is illegal and harmful.”