Republicans Fight The Library Of Congress To Use The Term “illegal Aliens.” | Gradient

Republicans fight the Library of Congress to use the term “illegal aliens.”


In March 2016, the Library of Congress decided in response to a petition created by Dartmouth Coalition for Immigration Reform, Equality and DREAMers to no longer use the term “illegal aliens.” Instead, the Library will use “noncitizens” or “unauthorized immigration” in their subject lines referring to undocumented immigrants. But Republicans are just not having it.

The Hill reported that “GOP lawmakers opposed to the change made by the Library of Congress have proposed a variety of legislative options to return the use of ‘illegal alien,’ such as a bill introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) last month.” Pausing to gain perspective on the people behind the petition may be a wise move for the GOP. In a press release from the Dartmouth Coalition Melissa Padilla, a Dartmouth senior from Winder, GA said,

“As a first year student at Dartmouth I decided that I wanted to explore my own identity as an undocumented immigrant but discovered that I had to access this information through a series of offensive terms used by libraries across the country. CoFIRED collectively agreed with the feelings that I felt and took action by working with our university’s librarians to correct this terminology. Nearly two years later, the Library of Congress has made a change in favor of our humanity which will have ripple effects on institutions across the country.”

Padilla’s heartfelt reflection and courageous efforts reveal something Republicans may miss about the United States’ undocumented population: they’re still people.

Like Padilla, they’re students, but also employees, employers, neighbors, equally deserving of being more than collateral from an election-year talking point.


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