ICE can no longer call illegal immigrant children ‘aliens’

Unaccompanied alien children
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer be calling illegal minors crossing the border alone “UACs,” or unaccompanied alien children.

An internal ICE email has instructed officials the minors will be called “unaccompanied children,” according to Breitbart News, which reported:

“This was briefed earlier today during he (sic) command and staff meeting,” an email sent to ICE personnel reads. “It has been requested that in correspondence regarding unaccompanied children, They (sic) not be referred to as UACs. The term UAC should not be used in official correspondence.”

The email, with the subject line “UACs,” continues, “The appropriate messaging on documents should be using the term : unaccompanied children all lower case. (Unless capitalizing would be grammatically correct).”

ICE did not respond to Breitbart’s requests for comment.

Customs and Border Protection continues to use the UAC designation, as it is responsible for keeping a tally of the number of juveniles, ages 0-17, in their custody.

Recently it was discovered that the Department of Homeland Security had posted a “help wanted” notice seeking “Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children,” or someone to supervise juveniles entering the United States. The notice was posted in January and anticipated approximately 65,000 children would need their services.

Already, more than 52,000 unaccompanied alien children have been detained after crossing the border from Oct. 1 to June 15, according to Breitbart.

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