As a symbolic gesture to reframe America as a land of immigrants, Biden wants to remove the word 'alien' from immigration laws

Posted On: Feb 27, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

As a symbolic gesture to reframe America as a land of immigrants, Biden wants to remove the word 'alien' from immigration laws

Summary List Placement President Joe Biden wants to remove the word "alien" from US immigration laws as a symbolic gesture to acknowledge the US as "a nation of immigrants."
In a summary of his immigration bill, Biden said he planned to replace the word with "non-citizen."
"The language change on the first day of this administration, with Kamala Harris the daughter of immigrants, to me it's not just symbolic...it's foundational," Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and undocumented immigrant told CNN .
Currently, the US code defines anyone who is "not a citizen or national of the United States," as an "alien."
Several local jurisdictions have already moved to modify the word used to define immigrants. In 2015, then California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that removed the word "alien" from the labor law.

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