The Justice Department began calling illegal immigrants “illegal aliens,” breaking from the Obama-era language of “undocumented,” “unauthorized,” or “migrants.”
The change came last month in a press release announcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with the families of victims of crimes by illegal immigrants.
“The i-word is legally inaccurate, politically loaded, dehumanizing to the people it describes and likely unintentionally fuels racial profiling and violence directed toward immigrants,” said immigration advocate Xakota Espinoza of the Center for Racial Justice Innovation.
However, officially the term “illegal” refers to whether the individual has permission to reside in the U.S., not whether they have committed a crime. Read more at Fox News.