US officials must now say “illegal aliens,” not “undocumented immigrants”

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"Earlier this year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that processes green cards, removed the phrase “a nation of immigrants” from its mission statement."

The US Department of Justice wants US attorneys offices to stop referring to undocumented immigrants, the term that media and immigrant advocates have increasingly used to refer to people who are in the country illegally.

The DOJ now wants government lawyers to use “illegal alien,” according to an email obtained by CNN. “The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in US code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country,” the email says.

The directive is the Trump administration’s latest rule about how the government talks about immigrants. Earlier this year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that processes green cards, removed the phrase “a nation of immigrants” from its mission statement. That agency also renamed the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which funds English and civics classes for citizens, to the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program.

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