Biden administration urges USCIS officials to stop using ‘illegal alien’

Biden administration urges USCIS officials to stop using ‘illegal alien’


The Biden administration is urging officials to use the word “noncitizen” instead of “alien” as well as other, more inclusive language choices in a new memorandum, The Post has learned, as the White House maintains that President Biden himself “believes in the rights” of illegal immigrants to be in the country.

In a missive sent to administration staffers Tuesday, US Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director Tracy Renaud informed her federal government colleagues of the administration’s preferred terminology for key immigration topics.

Other terms being replaced include “illegal alien,” which will be replaced with “undocumented noncitizen” or “undocumented individual,” and “assimilation,” which will be replaced with “integration” or “civic integration.”

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In the memo, first reported by Axios Tuesday, Renaud encouraged “more inclusive language in the agency’s outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public.”

She signed the memo on Friday, USCIS told The Post.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson could not

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