President Biden calls for the end of offensive terms in reference to noncitizens, integration
In 2018, former president Donald Trump directed officials to use "illegal alien" instead of "undocumented"
VICTORIA, Texas – In a reversal of a Trump-era directive, in early April President Joe Biden called for the end of using the terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation,” and to instead use “noncitizen” and “integration.”
This change is also part of the president’s proposed immigration reform bill.
Over the last several months some law enforcement agencies in the Crossroads have used the term “illegal alien” in news releases and social media posts.
In 2016, the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office used the term “undocumented,” in a post, before the change directed by Trump.
Victoria resident Emett Alvarez and editor of Revista de Victoria, a bilingual English, and Spanish newspaper, said area law enforcement agencies should adhere to the changes called by the president, adding that the term “illegal alien,” is similar to how American settlers referred to Native Americans as Indians or savages.
“It’s time to change that word,” Alvarez said. “Let’s just stick with where they are from and process them accordingly and go from there.”
At an informational meeting hosted by the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office last week, presenters included members of the United States Homeland Security and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. During the presentation, the term “illegal alien” was used despite the recent orders from the president.
Interview requests made to the sheriff’s in Victoria, Calhoun, Goliad, DeWitt, Refugio, and Jackson counties, however, none of the sheriffs were not available for comment before publication.
Micah Harmon, Lavaca County Sheriff, responded to the interview request but was unable to comment due to scheduling conflicts.
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