A Step Toward Retiring the Term ‘Alien’


Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas introduced a bill this week that would require the federal government to do away with the term “alien” in immigration forms and and other government records.

If Mr. Castro prevails, all uses of “alien” in federal law would be changed to “foreign national.”

That would be an easy, quick way to phase out a term that many immigrants find offensive.

“America is a nation of immigrants, yet our federal government continues to use terms that dehumanize and ostracize those in our society who happen to have been born elsewhere,” Mr. Castro said in a statement. “Regardless of status, immigrants to our nation are first and foremost human beings. Removing the term ‘alien’ from our federal laws shows respect to our shared heritage and to the hundreds of millions of descendants of immigrants who call America home.”

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