For Immediate Release: April 20, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: Customs and Border Patrol is “updating” terminology used in CBP communications and materials to exclude words like “illegal,” “alien,” and even “assimilate” according to a memo dated April 19.
“The Biden administration isn’t just denying the crisis at our southern border,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “They are fundamentally shifting the narrative about immigration by purposefully muddying the very language used by our executive agencies. This push of the Narrative Machine inside our taxpayer-funded entities must be called out and stopped.
“The left has long tried to make words like ‘alien’ and ‘illegal’ toxic. It’s one of their classic moves to browbeat people into using emotionally charged rather than factual terms! The shift, however, from words like ‘assimilate’ to ‘integrate’ is a particularly different kind of danger. These two words don’t even mean the same thing!”
Martin concluded, “Assimilation is a core part of the American immigration experience. We have always known that the radical left hates American values and immigrants assimilating to them, but now they’re using their power in the Biden administration to completely erase assimilation from our nation’s institutions. This is an incredibly dangerous shift in CBP terminology and it should warn us of the dangerous changes in policy that are happening right now.”