Heard on the Hill

GOP Lawmaker Takes Aim at Library Over 'Illegal Alien'

Rep. Diane Black wants the Library of Congress to keep using the term in its catalog

Rep. Diane Black introduced a bill on Thursday directing the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien.” (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Library of Congress just banned the term "illegal alien" from its lexicon, and Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black is trying to bring it back.  

Last month, the library announced  it would no longer use the term in subject headings within its materials, referring to it as pejorative. The term will be replaced with “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration.”  

Black considers this another example of political correctness that has overtaken Washington. On Thursday, the congresswoman introduced a bill directing the library to continue using the term “illegal alien.”  

As of Monday, just as the Supreme Court was hearing arguments about immigration policies , the bill had 24 co-sponsors and a public endorsement from the Federation for American Immigration Reform.  

“Hopefully this bill will give Washington the push needed to stop thinking up the most politically correct ways to describe illegal immigration and start thinking about solutions to address it,” Black said in a press release.  


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