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DOJ directs public information offices to use the term "illegal alien"

  1. Date Announced

    July 24, 2018

    DOJ sent an email instructing Public Information offices to use the term "illegal alien" in press releases, because "the term 'undocumented' is not based in U.S. code, and should not be used to describe someone's illegal presence in the country."

    [ID #175]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 24, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: DOJ


Justice Department: Use 'illegal aliens,' not 'undocumented'

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