Biden’s border crisis continues to boil over and worsen as waves of illegal immigrants flood over our border with no apparent end in sight.
Now, however, the crisis has reached such a fever pitch that even the head of the Border Patrol itself is beginning to show resistance to the Biden Administration on the subject of immigration.
One of the left’s primary tools in shifting the culture in its preferred direction over the decades has been its ability to control the use of language. Control the terms that people can use, and to a large extent, you will control how they think about issues.
Having apparently realized this, the head of the Border Patrol is now objecting to the Biden Administration’s attempts to police language and normalize the inflow of endless swarms of illegal aliens into the country.
The Biden Administration has made no secret of its dislike for the term “illegal alien” on the grounds that it depicts people who cross into America illegally in a negative light. But in a recent letter, Border Patrol chief Rodney S. Scott has said that he cannot and will not simply stop using the term “illegal alien” as it obscures the fact that such people are breaking the law.
Resistance to a Left-Wing Agenda
Last week, the Biden Administration sent a series of memos to immigration officials which instructed them to no longer use certain terms which the administration considers objectionable. Some of these terms include, “alien,” “illegal” and “assimilation.” The alternative terms that the Administration prefers are, respectively, “noncitizen” or “migrant,” “undocumented” and “integration.”
The memos also serve as a message to Trump-era officials who may have supported the former president’s tougher stance on immigration that a new regime is in charge.
However, Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott is having none of it. He sent a reply memo to Troy A. Miller, a senior official in the Biden Administration who performs the duties of the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In his memo, he outlined his objections to the Administration’s recommendations. Called “Updated Terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, April 16,” the memo essentially states that if Biden wishes to change what illegal aliens are called, then he should pass his proposed U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 first.
Scott states that “The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) must remain an apolitical federal law enforcement agency.” He is therefore uneasy about all politically driven directives like those handed down by the Biden Administration. Scott also expressed concerns about the effect of the terminological changes on what he calls “an individual’s willingness to take personal risks each day to keep others safe.”
In short, he believes that if illegals are no longer referred to by that term, that may engender the belief that what Border Patrol does is unimportant. This may lead to less diligent work, which in turn may lead to violent elements entering the country whose entry might have been prevented.
If during the Trump Administration a whole host of federal agencies made a show of resisting and obstructing the president that they ostensibly worked for, then there can be nothing to object to in the relatively mild action.
Turnabout is fair play.