President Orders Changes in Border Terminology

Need to safeguard dignity and well-being of all, he said.

On Monday, the president’s administration ordered departments to change the terms used to describe immigration matters, including how to refer to those who enter the country illegally. Departments must avoid using terms like “illegal alien,” “alien,” and “assimilation.” Instead, they are being asked to use the terms “noncitizen or migrant,” “undocumented,” and “integration.”

In an executive order, the president said, “The policy of my Administration is to protect national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety. We must also adhere to the process of law as we safeguard the dignity and well-being of all families and communities. My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws to align enforcement with these values and priorities.”

His move comes as a massive surge of migrants, many of them looking to claim refugee status, has overwhelmed government facilities on the southern border. Over the weekend, the president acknowledged the situation was a “crisis.”

“We’re going to increase the number [of refugees],” he told reporters. “The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once. But now we are going to increase the number.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. officials handling the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
  • For CBP and ICE officials overwhelmed with processing migrants’ asylum claims.
  • For government officials and legislators working on immigration reform.

Sources: Washington Post, Fox News


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