The Biden Administration has ordered immigration enforcement agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to no longer use the phrase “illegal aliens” when describing aliens who illegally enter the country, according to ABC News.
The order was decreed by two memos distributed by the federal government, with one coming from the Acting Director of ICE and the other from the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“In an effort to rebuild public trust and reshape our agency’s image,” Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson said, “ICE will make efforts to avoid using terminology that might be perceived by others as offensive or otherwise disparaging.”
With these declarations, the Biden Administration is caving to pressure from far-left activists who wish to control and censor speech that they falsely consider to be “racist.” A statement in support of these changes was issued by a spokesman for FWD.us, a far-left pro-amnesty organization, saying that “words matter, and we need to continue to take steps to make sure our policies and our language recognizes the vital role of immigrants and immigration to our families, communities, and economy.” The statement failed to provide any evidence that immigration is beneficial in any way.
The changes reflect the Biden Administration’s open border and pro-amnesty immigration policies, which he openly campaigned on in 2020, and a stark contrast with President Donald Trump, who implemented some of the strictest immigration policies in recent history. Under President Trump, immigration agencies continued to use the correct terms such as “illegal alien” to describe those illegally crossing the border.
Ken Cuccinelli, the former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) and Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Trump Administration, issued a statement condemning the mandatory language changes, calling them “an effort to redefine truth itself.”