I admit to giggling when I read this story. A liberal publication like Politico caring about the “dictionary definition” of a word in the English language? Stop the presses and hold that first edition!
Indeed, the universal angst demonstrated by liberal publications over the dilemma of whether they should actually agree with conservative media and call the crisis at the border what it is — a crisis — is moot at this point. Ever since Joe Biden used to word “crisis” to describe the border situation, publications like Politico have been caught between trying to protect the president from those meaney conservatives and accurately describing the situation.
The Politico editor sent a memo out to staffers telling them not to use the term “crisis” because “it does not fit the dictionary definition of a crisis.” That is truly great news. When are they going to get around to using the “dictionary definition” of “racist” to describe the Georgia voting law?
“Avoid referring to the present situation as a crisis, although we may quote others using that language while providing context. While the sharp increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors is a problem for border officials, a political challenge for the Biden administration and a dire situation for many migrants who make the journey, it does not fit the dictionary definition of a crisis,” the memo from deputy production director Maya Parthasarathy reads. “If using the word ‘crisis,’ we need to ask of what and to whom.”
The Biden administration has ordered federal immigration enforcement agencies to nix the use of terms like “illegal alien” and “assimilation” when referring to illegal immigrants, in favor of more “inclusive language,” according to a report on Monday.
The new directive was included in a memo sent to the heads of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection as part of an effort by the Biden White House to build a more “humane” immigration system, the Washington Post reported, citing copies it obtained.
According to the document, “alien” will become “noncitizen or migrant,” “illegal” will be called “undocumented,” and “assimilation” will be refered to as “integration.”