May 19, 2022

Vote in U.S. House Today: “GOP Insists Library of Congress Retain ‘Illegal Aliens'”

From The Texas Tribune:

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro on Thursday lost his battle with Congressional Republicans who want the U.S. Library of Congress to continue using controversial immigration terms in its search headings.

The library announced in March that it planned to eliminate the terms “illegal aliens” and “alien” and instead use the terms “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration” when making references to subjects dealing with undocumented immigrants.

But Republicans included language in a pending budget bill that would block the library from making the switch, mandating that it use the same terms currently used in federal law.


Castro, D-San Antonio, countered by calling for a floor vote on legislation he authored that would replace the terms “alien” and “illegal alien” in federal law with “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national.” The vote failed 231 to 170.


Castro also noted the GOP is strong-arming an institution that is usually left alone when it determines what changes to make to its catalogue. In 2015 he noted, the library made 4,934 changes.

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See Also:  Library of Congress Releases Page For the Public to Comment on Proposed “Ilegal Aliens” Subject Heading Cancellation and Replacement
Comments accepted through July 20, 2016.

See Also: U.S. Congress Needs to Stay Out of Library of Congress Subject Headings

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