Political Correctness Prevails Over Common Sense As Border Crumbles

The RAND Corporation, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contractor, recently recommended the government alter certain terminology to be more “inclusive.” These changes include replacing “illegal immigrant” with “undocumented noncitizen” and deeming words like “riot” and “jihadist” racially charged.

The report generated by the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, operated by RAND under a federal contract, aims to prevent the department’s language from becoming “stale, static, or otherwise inclusive of negative terminology.” RAND generated the report in response to a request from the DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office, which plans to use the results to develop recommendations for the Secretary.

It’s important to note that federal immigration laws use the term “illegal alien” to describe someone who is in the United States unlawfully. This is not negative terminology; it’s the accurate and lawful term used to define someone’s immigration status. In the quest to be politically correct, the Biden administration is compromising border security and the integrity of our immigration laws.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) calls this a “deceitful and Orwellian strategy.” “Most Americans are fed up with the chaos and devastation caused by the unprecedented crisis at the Southwest border, and rising crime in their communities,” Green says. The prioritization of changing language to mask the true impact of border policies is a direct insult to the American people and their safety.

Furthermore, the attempt to alter language around illegal immigration comes amid a record-breaking surge in illegal border crossings under the Biden administration, with an estimated 1.7 million illegal immigrant “gotaways” recorded since Biden took office in 2021.

The RAND report goes beyond immigration, even suggesting changes in language regarding gender identity. It recommends modifying the use of “male” and “female” to include “nonbinary, cisgender,” and “transgender.” However, changing “riot” to “protest” is particularly concerning as the two are not synonymous. A riot involves violence and chaos, while a protest is a peaceful assembly of individuals expressing their views. The conflation of these terms diminishes the severity of riots and undermines law and order.

The RAND Corporation claims that this focus on “person-centric and inclusive language” should not be dismissed as “woke” or political. However, the report is nothing short of an attempt to use language to obscure the reality of the crisis at the border and the consequences of the Biden administration’s policies.

One of the best ways to hold bureaucrats accountable is to inform the American people of their actions. The time has come for Congress to take a closer look at the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the impact their recommendations will have on the integrity of our federal immigration laws and the security of our nation.