Friday, February 14, 2020
Kristin Lam on USA Today reports reports that a Colorado lawmaker has proposed replacing the term illegal alien with undocumented immigrant, bringing arguments heard in New York City and California to a swing state. The measure and similar efforts grapple with how language frames political conversations about immigration, and follow reports on the incendiary words President Donald Trump uses to describe migrants.
If passed, the Colorado House bill sponsored by Rep. Susan Lontine would require that public contracts replace illegal alien with undocumented immigrant, similar to how California removed the term alien from the state labor code in 2015. New York City went a step further last September by banning derogatory usage of the phase in an effort to prevent discrimination based on immigration status.