NY Times wants to strip 'alien' from immigration laws

American laws that refer to a foreigner residing in the U.S. as an "alien" should be scrubbed of that "dehumanizing" word, according to the New York Times editorial board.

On Tuesday, the Times called on Congress to pass legislation that would strip the word from U.S. immigration laws, as California has done on the local level. The Times said that while the term can be found in various federal laws, many see it as a "loaded, disparaging word" that implies immigrants are a "less-than-human" burden on the country.

[T]he term remains firmly embedded in conservative discourse, used by Republicans to appeal to the xenophobic crowd," the Times said. "[Donald] Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, uses the term 12 times in his ruinous immigration plan, which calls for the mass deportation of millions of unauthorized immigrants and proposes that Washington bill Mexico to build a wall along the border."

"It was often uttered by former Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, whose idiotic immigration plan called for 'self-deportation' by unauthorized immigrants," the paper added.

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