There was a bit of a controversy last month over the Library of Congress’ decision to stop using the term “illegal alien.” There were requests and petitions over these Library of Congress subject headings: “Aliens,” which is ID’d as “persons who are not citizens of the country in which they reside,” and “Illegal Aliens.”
The Library explained at the time [PDF] that while it was initially used to reflect topics and terminology of the past, it “taken on a pejorative tone in recent years.”
And so they made the determination they would make revisions.
Well, apparently there were enough Republicans outraged about this to warrant a bill in Congress.
Last week, according to PBS, the GOP-led House Appropriations Committee narrowly passed a provision to hold onto “alien” and “illegal alien” for the purposes of research and cataloguing.
This is how one Republican denounced the original move:
“This needless policy change by the Library of Congress embodies so much of what taxpayers find enraging about Washington,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., in a statement introducing similar legislation. “By trading common-sense language for sanitized political-speak, they are caving to the whims of left-wing special interests and attempting to mask the grave threat that illegal immigration poses to our economy, our national security, and our sovereignty.”
[h/t Boston Globe]
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