The wet noodles at Library of Congress succumb to social engineering efforts and GOP House Reps aren’t swallowing the change from “illegal alien” to “non citizen”.It seems the Library of Congress has planted itself square in the middle of the issue of illegal aliens in the United States with the most mealy mouthed of reasoning that it is considered a pejorative by some (those who have a vested interest in keeping illegals in the country) and that Americans are too ignorant to know by context if one is talking about humans or little green men.
The library had initially turned down a formal request from Dartmouth College in the fall of 2014 to change “illegal aliens” to “undocumented immigrants.” After the American Library Association adopted a resolution at its midwinter meeting this year calling on the Library of Congress to change its subject headings, the library convened a meeting to discuss the terminology.
GOP House of Representative members aren’t happy about it, and introduced a poison pill into the funding bill for Library of Congress – rightly so – it isn’t for any federal bureaucracy within the US government to take positions that do not reflect federal law.
Also, it should be noted that the substitute words are inaccurate. The “illegal” in the term accurately depicts the legal status of entry. The “alien” also accurately depicts the status of remaining within the borders of the United States. Therefore “illegal alien” works well as a collective term for illegal immigrants (people here to stay), visa overstayers, or those who enter illegally on their way to someplace else – like Canada.