The Biden administration has ordered federal law enforcement officials to stop using the terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation.” The ordered change in language was laid out in a series of memos from top officials in the Department of Homeland Security to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Customs and Border Protection on Monday, The Washington Post reported.
While the move is likely to be welcomed by many on the left, at least one Democrat made clear that he isn’t on board.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, pointed out that the word “alien” appears in federal law.
“Will continue to be using the word”
“I can understand some people are trying to be a little bit more politically correct, but if you look at what the statutes say, they do use the word ‘alien,'” Cuellar told reporters Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.
He continued, “That’s what the statute does, so until the statute changes, some of us will continue to be using the word ‘alien’ on that.”
“I don’t think the statute is going to be changed, but I can understand that thinking of some folks,” Cuellar stressed.
“That is the word that’s in the statute until we change that,” he added.
Cuellar has criticized Biden in the past on immigration
This is not the first time the Texas lawmaker, whose district is on the southern border, has voiced disagreement with the Biden administration on the issue of border security and immigration.
During a March appearance on Fox News, Cuellar said that detention facilities were ill-prepared to handle the flood of child migrants that have come this year.
“Keep in mind this is a Border Patrol facility,” Cuellar said of a center that he had visited. “They’re not equipped to handle young people and families. They were set up to handle adults.”
The congressman also took issue with Biden’s failure to personally tour the area, saying, “Any president should come down [and] really spend time with border communities.”
“You know, the president sent a delegation and a bunch of folks from the White House. They didn’t talk to anybody, not even members of Congress down here,” he said.