Democrats in the New Jersey State Legislature have advanced a bill to replace certain words in future state statutes – specifically the words “illegal alien” and “inmates,” with the lawmakers saying using such language is dehumanizing.
Instead of “illegal alien” the lawmakers want the terms “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national” to be used. And instead of “inmate” they want the term “person who is incarcerated” to be used for convicts.
The bill would not simply recommend the changes – it would make it illegal to use the terms “illegal aliens” and “inmates” by executive branch agencies.
New Jersey is home to many “illegal aliens” – 475,000 of them, according to estimates.