On March 22, 2016, The Library Of Congress Issued A Press

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On March 22, 2016, the Library of Congress issued a press release outlining their decision to alter their subject heading pertaining to immigration. In the official press release, the Library of Congress outlined their reasoning behind changing their pejorative headings. “Alien” and “illegal alien”. The Public and Standards Division of the Library of Congress cited outcry from the immigrant community, as one of their major reasons for their reevaluation. In response, on May 10, Tea Party Republic successfully attempted to restrict the library’s autonym. Hence, the perplexing predicament that occurred at the Library of Congress, because of a simple phrase change. Debates about immigration terminology have reflected the clash of ideologies…show more content…
Legal terms try normalized the fluidness of language. Discontent arises when these terms are perceived as to become hate speech. In the context of immigration terms such as “illegal aliens” are metaphorical attempts to cognitively grasp social discourse surrounding immigration (Cunning Ham 2). The term “illegal alien” origin is quite complex. In Impossible Subjects, Mae Ngai explains that the term is used to indicated one’s origin in a legal context. Ngai finds that the use of term “alien” is rooted in American law. Typically, the term “alien” refers to a person who is foreign to their current geographic setting but, in the United States legal system, it indicates one’s lack of citizenship (Ngai X). Discussion and debates about immigration terms rise in the 1980’s.
Systematic policies primed the political arena in the United States to pass the Immigration Act of 1924, which solidified the term “illegal aliens”. That 1924 Act solidified the term “illegal aliens” by outline means to criminalized these groups. The terms “illegal aliens/alien” are used to defined those subjects are deemed unfit or American society. “Illegal aliens” are perceived as undesirable because they erode American society. American society can historically be interpreted being white American values and practice. They lack the ability to assimilate to “American society” (Ngai 57). Immigration statutes from 1921 and 1924 did not clearly outlines which groups are undesirable to

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