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H.R. 3776: Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act

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Three years after a law banned governmental use of “Negro” and “oriental,” should the government be barred from saying “illegal alien” too?


In a number of federal laws, the terms “alien” or “illegal alien” are used to describe people who are in America without citizenship or proper documentation.

All of the leading Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have refrained from using such terms. In April 2013, the Associated Press — whose AP Stylebook is considered the definitive source on proper terminology for most of the journalism industry — announced that the word “illegal” should only refer to an actual action, rather than a person themselves.

Republicans including President Trump, along with the right wing portion of the media, generally tend to still use the original phrases.

What the bill does

The Correcting ...

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Joaquin Castro

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 20th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jul 16, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 16, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 16, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Jul 16, 2019

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