Another word for “illegal alien” at the library of congress: continues
As time changes, language, and culture also changes. Some terminology that was fine to use years ago is no more accepted by certain group of people. Terms that are considered normal by some people are offended for others. The term “illegal aliens” was accepted by the majority of the people until Melissa Padilla raised a questions why such terminology even exist. While she “was doing research on immigration in her university library at Dartmouth College when she noticed the term ‘illegal aliens’ popping up again and again”. Padilla clearly didn’t like it, “the more she saw it the angrier she became”. Padilla immigrated to the USA when she was young from Mexico and lived as undocumented immigrant for 15 years in the US until she got her US citizenship later on. She argues that using such a term is dehumanizing undocumented immigrants who immigrated to another country for survival or for a better future. Padilla, first challenges the library and then the lawmakers to change the term to another non offending terms. Several social medias supported her opinion and the library planned to take action :“which is now taking public comments on the change, has said it will replace the term with ‘noncitizen’ and ‘unauthorized immigration,’ setting a precedent that may be followed by other libraries on a global scale”. While several policy makers and politicians agree with Padilla other including the former US presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, and Alabama’s senator Jeff Session, both republicans against the idea. Following Padilla’s concern about using “illegal alliances” for undocumented citizens, “the stopping partisan policy Partisan Policy bill was introduced at the library of congress by Diane Black, a republican from Tennessee. Ms. Black state that, “‘my constituents know that illegal immigration by any other name is still illegal, and we should identify it as such’”. On the other hand, Padilla’s supporter stated that terms like illegal alliance can be discriminating , “‘when ugly, belittling names are used to describe groups of people, those terms can make discrimination seem O.K.,’ Mr. Castro said on the House floor on June 9”. Mr. Castro’s mother was also immigrant to the US. Padilla’s simple observation that started in the library now divided both the media and policy makers.