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

  1. Original 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]

    DOJ redacted email: Describing Alien Status in Press Releases
  2. Effective Date

    July 24, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: DOJ


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