Lawmakers Fighting to Have "Illegal Alien" Reinstated into the Library of Congress

Certain Lawmakers Fighting to Have "Illegal Alien" Reinstated into the Library of Congress
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Debate was hot and heavy during Wednesday’s Legislative Branch subcommittee's appropriations markup session with the two-word term, “illegal alien,” at the center of the fire.

The subcommittee’s ranking Democrat voted against a $3.5 billion dollar bill funding spending for Capitol Police, government printing and other basic operations of the House. Also covered by the budget is the Library of Congress, which announced in late March it would discontinue using the term “illegal alien” as soon as the library’s reference catalog.

But the subcommittee included an amendment in its budget bill requiring the library to use language consistent with U.S. Code, which uses the term to describe undocumented immigrants.

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