The Library of Congress to remove "illegal aliens" subject heading

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The Library of Congress to remove "illegal aliens" subject heading

Apr 02 2019

The Library of Congress rejected pressure from student activists to change its subject heading "illegal aliens" to "undocumented immigrants," arguing that many do have documentation of some type and that the term is not widely used in law, but has decided to replace the former heading with two new ones: "non-citizens" and "unauthorized immigration."

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