Democrat-run states seeking to ban terms like “illegal alien” from state statutes, replace them with kinder terms

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UNITED STATES- According to a report from the Associated Press (AP), lawmakers in at least seven states have considered eliminating the use of “alien” and “illegal” in state statutes this year and replacing them with descriptions such as “undocumented” and “noncitizen.”

The review of the National Conference of State Legislature records shows that only two states, California and Colorado have actually made the change. Breitbart News reported that in California and Colorado, the legislation passed and such language will be removed from state statues.

Luz Rivera (D), an assemblywoman in the California legislature authored the bill that has since been signed into law, which will replace terms like “alien” in state statutes with other terms like “noncitizen” or “immigrant.”

In Texas, though the legislation passed out of committee with support from Republicans and Democrats, it failed to advance any further. Immigrants and immigrant-rights groups say that the term, especially when combined with “illegal,” is dehumanizing and can have a harmful effect on immigration policy. 

State Sen. Julie Gonzales (D) of Colorado, who helped pass the legislation, also stated that terms like “illegal” are “dehumanizing and derogatory” and should not been included in state statutes to describe those who are not legal citizens of the United States. When lobbying for the legislation, Gonzales said:

“That language has been offensive for many people and some of the rationale behind that is really rooted in this idea that a person can certainly commit an illegal act, but no human being themselves is illegal.”

Using the term “alien” to describe those who are not U.S. citizens has a long history, dating back to the nation’s first naturalization law, which was passed while George Washington was president.

Fearing a war with France, Congress also passed the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, which sought to suppress political subversion.

The nationwide effort by Democrats come as Democrat officials on the federal level try to make similar changes. For example, in January, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), along with 11 other members of the House Hispanic Caucus, filed legislation to ban the term “alien” from all use by federal agencies. 

Months later, President Joe Biden’s administration went on to ban federal immigration agents from using the terms “illegal alien,” assimilation,” and “alien.”

Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refers to border crossers and illegal immigrants as “non-citizens,” a term that conflates the nation’s illegal immigrant population with legal immigrants who hold green cards and visas, but are not naturalized citizens. At the time, acting commissioner, Troy Miller, said:

“We enforce our nation’s laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact. The worse we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody.”

Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott objected, writing to others in the agency that the edict contradicted language in criminal statutes. Scott, a Trump-era appointee, reportedly refused to sign off on the order and believes his outspokenness on that and other issues contributed to him being forced out of his position in June. He said:

“To change the law is fine, but until then you’re really politicizing the mission.”

Changing the long-standing government terminology around immigration is not universally accepted as necessary or desirable.

Sage Naumann, spokesperson for the Colorado State Republicans, said the Democratic-controlled legislature should be spending its time on matters of deeper importance to residents, like taking steps to fight inflation, tackle surging crime rates, and improving educational systems.

He added that he doubts the “average Coloradon or American cares about what semi-controversial words are buried in their state statutes.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

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Protecting criminals: ICE arrests fall to one every two months per officer under Biden open immigration policies

November 27th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – There were just 20,858 immigration arrests in the interior of the United States in the six months since the Biden administration announced new rules limiting which illegal immigrants could be targeted by ICE, or an average of just one arrest every two months for each deportation officer.

That number is substantially lower than during the Trump administration, when agents averaged two arrests each month. The numbers are dramatically lower than when President Biden was Vice President in the Obama administration, when the rate was an average of four arrests every month.

In a report submitted in a government court filing defending the Biden administration’s limits on when immigration officials could pursue and arrest illegal immigrants inside the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said from Feb. 18 to Sept. 16, it authorized 57 automatic national security arrests, 3,696 border cases, 9,918 felony or public safety cases.

Under the President’s orders through Homeland Security, only immigrants without documentation who are considered national security threats, recent border crossers or aggravated felons are automatic arrest and deportation priorities.

In September, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the new enforcement policy in a memo:

“Enforcement priorities for apprehension and removal remain focused on noncitizens who are a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security.”

ICE agents targeting an illegal alien not meeting Biden’s criteria must obtain prior approval by submitting justification for the targeting.

Since the policy was created, senior officials have only authorized 7,157 requests outside of the automatic priorities, according to the filing.

Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, called the numbers “shocking”:

“These numbers are shockingly low. They have accomplished their goal of abolishing immigration enforcement by memo.”

Vaughan will soon issue a report detailing that ICE deportations are also significantly lower than during the two previous administrations, according to the Washington Times.

Her report is expected to reveal that deportations are only averaging about 3,000 per month since Biden took office.

The Washington-based National Immigration Forum in October hailed reduced ICE enforcement as “good progress” and “a sign of what happens when law enforcement focuses on public safety threats.

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) disagreed in a tweet:

“By drastically reducing enforcement of immigration law within the U.S., despite record illegal immigration, the Biden Administration is elevating the interests of illegal aliens over the rights of Americans.”

In addition to restrictions on who can be targeted for deportation, the DHS recently announced new sensitive location enforcement guidance. Effective in October, U.S. immigration agents are now expected to avoid enforcement in places like rallies, religious ceremonies, and places where children gather, among others.

The Biden administration has also previously pledged to stop workplace ICE raids and shift agents’ focus to employers who are hiring and exploiting undocumented workers.

The National Immigration Law Center called the new immigration policies a way to stop ICE, who they claim has “terrorized” the community:

“The ways in which ICE has terrorized our communities can never be undone.

“Though we applaud this worksite enforcement news — it will take a long time to build trust in our communities after years of violent raids.”

Republicans have accused the administration of trying to abolish ICE “from within.” In a letter signed by 46 House Republicans addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the Congressmembers said:

“While not directly giving in to the radical Left’s calls to abolish ICE, by halting immigration enforcement actions conducted by the agency, it is clear you are seeking to in effect abolish ICE from within.

“Your actions will further exacerbate the ongoing humanitarian, public health, and national security crisis taking place at our southern border and further incentivize lawlessness. We strongly urge you to rescind these misguided memoranda, faithfully enforce our nation’s immigration laws, and empower ICE personnel to continue the critical work they do.”

The letter, led by Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), was signed by 45 House Republicans, including Reps. Andy Biggs( R-AZ), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Yvette Herrell (R-NM), and Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY).

 

GOP letter to DHS on ICE Memos by Fox News

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

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Head of Homeland Security: Immigration system broken, ‘justice’ for illegals more important than secure borders

November 18, 2021

 

 WASHINGTON, DC – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that the Biden administration’s immigration system is broken and told the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that securing “justice” for illegal immigrants is more important than securing the border.

After getting the Secretary to admit that children had been separated from parents at the border both under the Biden and Obama administrations, Sen. Cotton asked how many illegal immigrants crossed into the United States in 2020, during the Trump administration.

Mayorkas appeared caught off guard by the question, and as he shuffled through his notes, Sen. Cotton said:

“I have the numbers from CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in front of me. It’s 458,000.”

Sen. Cotton then asked how many crossed into the country in 2021 “with six weeks to go,” during the Biden administration. Mayorkas answered:

“I believe that the number taking out of the 1.7 million, taking out the recidivist… approximately 1.3 to 1.4 million (border crossers).”

 

After a brief exchange about whether to count recidivists in the total number of border crossers, Sen. Cotton asked Mayorkas if he was satisfied with having two and a half times more illegal immigrants crossing the border than the prior administration in 2020.

Mayorkas responded that he was not satisfied with the number, but continued:

“Worse is to promulgate and operationalize a policy that defies our values as a nation.”

Sen. Cotton shot back:

“What about a policy that defies our sovereignty as a nation?

Mayorkas tried to respond by saying that U.S. sovereignty was “unflinching,” but the Arkansas Republican was not letting the issue fade:

“Oh really, because at any time anyone from anywhere in the world can simply show up and cross into this country.”

The Secretary responded that he did not think the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants expelled under the Trump-era Title 42  would agree, to which Sen. Cotton responded that the 1.7 million that crossed into the country would agree.

Following the testy exchange, Sen. Cotton prepared to conclude is question and answer session with one final question, perhaps the most shocking of the session. He asked Mayorkas what the priority of immigration policy is under President Biden, securing the border or providing amnesty to illegal aliens already inside the country?

Mayorkas responded:

“Senator, justice is our priority. That includes securing our border and providing relief for those who qualify for it under our laws.”

When Sen. Cotton pointed out that Mayorkas was refusing to prioritize one issue over the other, Mayorkas said he disagreed with the Senator’s  characterization of his stance:

“(Sen. Cotton’s comment) is an inaccurate phrasing of our missions, our responsibilities, our challenges, and our actions. We do not have the authority nor the intention to give amnesty.”

Mayorkas then seemed to admit that the Biden administration’s immigration system is broken:

“I consider them both priorities (securing the border and amnesty) because they are inexplicably intertwined. If, in fact, we can pass legislation that fixes once and for all our immigration system, we will have addressed a material part of the challenges at the border, and it will advance our efforts to secure it.”

In his final words of the session, Sen. Cotton made his point:

“They (the issues) are intertwined chiefly because the open borders that Joe Biden has permitted has attracted even more illegal immigrants here that makes our borders even more open than it ever has been.”
 

 

 

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