Federal Contractor Urges DHS To Ditch Term ‘Illegal Immigrant,’ Says ‘Jihadist’ Is ‘Racially Charged’

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A federal contractor that’s received hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government is pushing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to adopt “inclusive language,” replacing terms like “illegal immigrant” with “undocumented noncitizen,” “riot” with “protest,” and suggesting that terms such as “looter” and “jihadist” have become “racially charged.”

The report from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit which operates the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center as a “federally funded research and development center,” charges the DHS uses language that is “insulting, demeaning, dehumanizing, offensive, embarrassing, or othering or otherwise make individuals feel uncomfortable, marginalized, disrespected, or unsafe.”

Titled “Language, Labels, and the DHS Lexicon,” the report was drafted on behalf of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. It particularly focuses on immigration enforcement, counterterrorism efforts, and law enforcement, charging that these three operation areas use offensive language, relying on interviews with 15 individuals under the jurisdiction of DHS.

The 84-page report specifically requests that DHS ditch the term “illegal immigrant” in favor of “undocumented noncitizen” while replacing the word “assimilation” with “civic integration.” It even proposed replacing the term “unlawful entry” with “entry without inspection” or “undocumented entry.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) told The Daily Wire that the effort to change language is a “deceitful and Orwellian strategy.”

“Most Americans are fed up with the chaos and devastation caused by the unprecedented crisis at the Southwest border, and rising crime in their communities,” Green said. “Despite this, DHS’ number one priority seems to be rewriting the dictionary.”

Green went on to call the move “a ploy to hide Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ complete failure of leadership,” charging that Mayorkas “has not only chosen to implement a reckless open-borders agenda — he is using taxpayer dollars to change our language in an effort to hide the consequences of those policies.”

The attempt to soften language used to describe illegal immigration comes against a backdrop of a record-breaking surge in illegal immigration. Illegal border crossings have spiked under the Biden administration, with an estimated 1.7 million illegal immigrant gotaways recorded since Biden took office in 2021.

But the report goes beyond the issue of immigration, even suggesting that the DHS should modify its use of “male” and “female” by adding “nonbinary, cisgender,” and “transgender.” It also calls for the word “riot” to be replaced with “protest” despite the two words not being synonymous.... (Read more)