Democrats across at least seven states this year tried to ban terms like “foreigner” and “illegal alien” from state statutes, a report reveals.
ONE review of Associated Press (AP) records from the National Conference of State Legislature show that Democrat lawmakers in at least seven states, including Colorado, California and Texas, approved legislation to ban terms that accurately describe illegal aliens and cross-border residents living in the United States.
In California and Colorado, legislation was enacted, and such a language would be removed from state statutes. In Texas, even though the legislation went out of committee with the support of Republicans and Democrats, it failed to move forward.
State Sen. Julie Gonzales (D) of Colorado, who helped pass the law, has said terms like “illegal” are “dehumanizing and derogatory” and therefore should not be included in state statutes to describe illegal aliens.
‘That language has been offensive to many people. And some of the rationale behind it is really rooted in this idea that a person can certainly commit an illegal act, but no human being himself is illegal, ”Gonzales said as he lobbied for the legislation.
The Democrats’ nationwide efforts come as Democrats at the federal level have tried to make similar inroads into the issue.
In January, the rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), along with 11 other members of the House Hispanic Caucus, legislated to ban the term “alien” from all use of federal agencies. Meanwhile, months later, President Joe Biden’s administration banned federal immigration agents from using the terms “illegal alien,” “assimilation,” and “foreigner.”
Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refers to border crossers and illegal aliens as “non-citizens,” a term that mixes the nation’s illegal aliens with legal immigrants who have green cards and visas but are not naturalized nationals.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Send him an email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter here.
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