U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro wants the federal government to drop the word "alien" from its laws and other official documents, NBC News reported.
Castro, a Texas Democrat, has introduced a bill to strike the word and use the term "foreign national" in federal law. The proposed bill, which Castro dubbed the CHANGE Act, also would remove "illegal alien" from federal law and replace it with undocumented foreign national. In addition, the bill would make sure no executive branch agency use "alien" or "illegal alien" in signage or literature.
"America is a nation of immigrants, yet our federal government continues to use terms that dehumanize and ostracize those in our society who happen to have been born elsewhere," Castro said.