On Monday, two federal government memos were issued stating that U.S. immigration enforcement agencies will no longer use the term “illegal alien” in official communications to refer to immigrants in the country. Specifically, ICE and CBP will discontinue the use of words “alien,” “illegal alien,” and “assimilation” from internal policy documents and communications with the public. Immigrant advocates have long condemned the use of these terms as a dehumanizing effort to draw a distinction between immigrants without the means to explore legal avenues of migration.  

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