Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Time to Retire the Term ‘Alien’


Photo of "An Alien" courtesy of Wikipedia

The New York Times editorial board has weighed in on the controversy over the use of the term "alien," literally the DNA of the U.S. immigration laws, to refer to noncitizens. The title of the editorial ("Time to Retire the Term ‘Alien’") says all that needs to be said.  And here is the punchline:

"States that use the word alien in their laws should consider following California’s lead. The federal government should scrub it from official documents where possible. In the end, though, it will be up to Congress to recognize that there is no compelling reason to keep a hostile term in the law that sets out how immigrants are welcomed into the country."


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