Proposed bill would remove terms like ‘illegal alien’ from immigration laws

It has become clear through a number of executive orders signed in the first week of President Joe Biden’s term in office that his administration will have a much different stance on the issue of immigration.

Now, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) has introduced a bill to replace the term “illegal alien” with less “hurtful” language to describe undocumented immigrants.

“A far greater chance”

According to the Washington Examiner, the rhetoric is tucked inside a proposed bill known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression, or CHANGE, Act. Castro introduced the document on Monday as part of an effort to “modernize” immigration law by eliminating “derogatory” terms.

The CHANGE Act also recommends stripping laws of other supposedly divisive terms. Examples include replacing “alien” with “foreign national” and “illegal alien” with “undocumented foreign national.”

Of course, the Democratic Party’s concern over immigration-related language is not new, and Castro has even introduced the same bill in the past. After Biden’s inauguration, however, the Texas Democrat now believes the timing is right for another try.

“With a new administration in office, these bills now have a far greater chance of becoming laws,” Castro said.

He went on to express optimism that the proposed bill “will be included in a broader effort to protect the most vulnerable among us and restore America’s promise as a nation of immigrants.”

“A nation of immigrants”

Indeed, Biden himself has previously called for the term “alien” to be replaced with “noncitizen” in his U.S. Citizenship Act proposal, declaring that it “recognizes America as a nation of immigrants.”

The president’s bill calls for a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants over the span of eight years, along with instant green card distribution to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Temporary Protected Status.

Farmworkers would also be eligible for green cards under Biden’s proposal and would be eligible for citizenship after three years.

Ostensibly seeking to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration, the bill calls for billions of dollars in foreign aid to be sent to Central America as well as the development of a so-called “smart” border barrier. Biden is reportedly amenable to breaking the bill up into smaller pieces of legislation.

Democratic Party leaders have also been focused on altering language on other topics in recent weeks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), for example, worked to implement a new rule earlier this month that would strip gender-specific terms from being included in official congressional communications.

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    1. I look for that day to come and I hope I’m still alive to see. What a glorious day that will be… justice at last.

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  2. They are illegal immigrants.Funny how democraps keep saying no one is above the law yet illegals break the law by coming in and democraps break the law everyday and get away with it.So they can take the sentence no one is above the law and stuff where the shine don’t shine.ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE BREAKING THE LAW.

    1. It is a fact illegal aliens is what they are. First they are illegal in country of USA. Second they are alien to our culture. The neo Nazi dems want this not to be used as an abstract from what Hitler propagandists in the third Reich.

    2. Sorry,
      Since when do the Politicians follow the Law.
      They just make them.
      Just look at all the new rules and orders implemented this last year by our elected officials and in a day or two they themselves do not comply with them. They think these orders are good for you because you can not think for yourself. Remember Big Government wants control and provide for you. Maybe another $1400.00 and we will look the other way. Sorry not going to happen!

  3. Yeah…democrats are big on phraseology. Obama has yet to say “Islamic Jihadist terrorist” even while they’re murdering us.

  4. Amen to all above posts! Now when are they going to introduce a bill to stop the demonrats from labeling republicans and Trump supporters as “ deplorables”, “ nazis”, and worse terminology? Oh yeah! I forgot, they can say whatever comes to mind to disparage us, but we can’t respond in kind! Sorry, but illegals ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, ALIEN TO THE UNITED STATES! So they are illegal aliens!

  5. Come on man, sending millions to Central America yet you don’t take care of the homeless here in the United States! Get a clue & follow the constitution!!! You are a joke and nothing more than a pupit!!! Can’t believe your family would do this to you, but I guess money is more important than you!

  6. If they are noncitizens, Biden`s words, then it is illegal for them to be here. The point here is that rather than what the Democrats want, what do American`s want. I am up to here over the fact that is always their way or no way. When is America going to get a spine and say HELL NO! They DO NOT own us or the country.

  7. Oh my gosh! I tell you we won’t know our country in 4 years with Biden in the White House. How stupid can one get? WE call them exactly what they are and they know the are.
    This cannot stand pure and simple. However, Dems do really stupid things. By the end of Biden we may have a lot more Republicans as they see the stupidity. That would be good for the country as today’s Dems are not the Dems of years past.
    Biden is bending over backwards to please everyone but Americans.

  8. ‘Under federal law, any non-U.S. citizen is an alien. Aliens who have entered the United States without permission, or who have violated the terms of their admission, are identified under the law as illegal aliens. That is a fact, not an issue for debate.

    The term “alien” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
    —United States Code, Title 8, §1101(a)(3)

    An illegal alien…is any alien (1) whose most recent entry into the United States was without inspection, or (2) whose most recent admission to the United States was as a nonimmigrant and—(A) whose period of authorized stay as a nonimmigrant expired, or (B) whose unlawful status was known to the Government, before the date of the commission of the crime for which the alien is convicted.
    —United States Code, Title 8, §1365(b)

    It is also a fact that, according to U.S. law, it is a crime to enter the United States without permission. The first offense is a misdemeanor, the second, a felony. It is true, however, that most violations of immigration law are dealt with in a civil court and not in a criminal court.’

  9. I am so tired of the Democrats trying
    to please EVERYBODY but the
    American people. Illegal alien is the correct term for people who enter this country without permission. Stop all this bulls**t and work on the important
    things. How stupid can you people get. Everybody in Washington should be removed from office.

  10. So if we call them non-citizen immigrants do we call the people who go through process to be legally here citizen immigrants?!? Joe get a clue anybody here illegally is an alien immigrant. You offend the many immigrants who proudly went the legal route to be a US citizen. How come his press secretary can’t answer real questions “I circle back to you on that” is it because they dont want the Americans to see how this puppet is destroying jobs with power of pen.

  11. Rep Castro from what I have hurt is a son of Mexican immigrants.
    He should stop pandering to illegals, just like his colleagues in the
    south Texas valley. All these stooges are politicians for self benefits. Castro for being of Mexican decent, I think he can not even speak Spanish.

  12. Rep Castro from what I have heard is a son of Mexican immigrants.
    He should stop pandering to illegals, just like his colleagues in the
    south Texas valley. All these stooges are politicians for self benefits. Castro for being of Mexican decent, I think he can not even speak Spanish.

  13. I still say Illegal immigrant ,I don’t care what Biden wants to call them. Uninvited persons crashing through our country is still illegal! They are not citizens of the U.S.A. Only the persons who filed to become American Citizens the right way are legal. How stupid with no common sense in the White House and House and Senate can they be? These illegal immigrants coming over here with out permission are invading our country are not and should not be given citizenship PERIOD!

    1. There are too many illegals coming into the US and it should be stopped. Mexico should stop them at their southern border and the US should stop them at our southern border. Military presents should be present at the US southern border. If one wishes to come to America.. do so legally like many others have done.

  14. I want to know what law I can break as an American born taxpaying citizen, then get rewarded for breaking it. If I rob a bank, I shouldn’t get charged with a crime because I didn’t make an illegal withdrawal because I’m just a non owner of the money.
    Illegal immigrants receive welfare, food stamps, medical, public housing and education for their children but don’t pay taxes. They’re stealing American taxpayers money.

  15. A third world government terrorist take over.
    1. Rule by executive order
    2. Putting a predecessor on trial.
    3. Censorship of opposition.
    4. Attacking the private sector.
    5. Exploiting identity politics.
    6. Challenging judicial independence.
    7. Purging former officials
    8. Encouraging a slavish media.
    9. Military in the streets.

    I am terrified.

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