CBP Border Chief Objects to Biden’s Guidance

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(RepublicanNews.org) – Joe Biden has worked to reverse Donald Trump’s hardline stance on border security and immigration since assuming office in January. Earlier this month, his administration upped the ante and sent a memo to the heads of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), restricting the language they can use when referring to immigrants. However, the head of CBP is pushing back.

The April 12 memo directed employees of the nation’s immigration enforcement agencies to quit using terms like “alien,” “illegal,” and a host of other terms when referring to immigrants. According to the directive, “alien” will become either “noncitizen or migrant,” and “undocumented” will replace “illegal.”

On April 19, CBP Chief Rodney Scott sent a response to the agency’s Commissioner’s office advising that while he would not “undermine” that effort, he would not “endorse it.”

As he explained, the April 12 memo was “inconsistent with the law” and served to politicize the US Border Patrol. He suggested waiting to make any changes until after Congress passes the US Citizenship Act of 2021.

An unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors continue to flood across the border daily. The country needs resources to support solid immigration enforcement and border security and not a lesson in politically correct language.

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