Joe Biden’s election caused a surge in illegal immigration. Approximately 78,000 aliens tried to cross the border illegally in January 2021, which was more than twice the number in January 2020, and the surge is continuing with as many as 4,000 illegal crossings a day.

President Obama’s DHS secretary, Jeh Johnson, said that 1,000 illegal entries a day overwhelms the system. The Southwest border averaged 3,000 arrests a day in January.

The surge is so big that it has overwhelmed Mexican smugglers, who are now “requiring their customers to wear numbered, colored, and labeled wristbands to denote payment and help them manage their swelling human inventory.”

Moreover, it is likely to get even larger. Biden’s bicameral U.S. Citizenship Act will bring migrants from all over the world who think they may be able to participate in its legalization programs.

This isn’t just a border crisis. A surge of this magnitude during a deadly pandemic is a health crisis too. According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 500,000 people in the United States.

CBP has had 8,017 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

On Feb. 18, 2021, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced Biden’s immigration bill.

Here are a few of its most troublesome provisions —

Terminology

The bill would replace the term “alien” in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) with the term “noncitizen.”

According to UCDavis professor Kevin Johnson, the use of the term “alien” helps to reinforce and strengthen nativist sentiment toward new immigrant groups, which in turn influences responses to immigration and human rights issues.

He may be right, but should Congress be changing the terms in the INA to ensure that our immigration laws are properly influencing the way people think?

George Orwell in his book, 1984, called it “newspeak,” — a new language characterized by the elimination or alteration of certain words for political purposes.

Is Biden taking us in that direction with his substitution of “noncitizen” for “alien”?

‘Lawful Prospective Immigrant’ status

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Published initially by The Hill.