Border Patrol Chief Resists Biden: ‘I Cannot’ Comply With Demand To Use Non-Legal Immigration Terms

Washington DC, United States, November 2020, United States new president Joe Biden in public meeting

Border Patrol Chief Rodney S. Scott is resisting Joe Biden’s new order to use “non-legal immigration terms.”

Scott sent a memo to Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy A. Miller to inform him that he can’t comply with the Biden administration’s softening of legal terms to refer to illegal aliens.

The Biden administration sent memos to immigration officials last week regarding their new far-left immigration policies, which included telling officials to no longer use terms like “illegal alien.”

The memo orders immigration officials to make changes in rhetoric such as substituting “noncitizen or migrant” for “alien,” “undocumented” for “illegal,” and “integration” for “assimilation.”

Scott sent a memo to Miller on April 16 titled, “Updated Terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection April 16,” and explained that he cannot comply with the proposed changes and that if Biden wants to alter what illegal aliens are called then the administration needs to pass its proposed “U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.”

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The memo states:

This memorandum serves as my official nonconcurrence to the proposed updated terminology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection communications and materials. I will not undermine this effort; however, I cannot endorse it.

Rationale: The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) is and must remain an apolitical federal law enforcement agency. Over the years, many outside forces on both extremes of the political spectrum have intentionally, or unintentionally politicized our agency and our mission. Despite every attempt by USBP leadership to ensure that all official messaging remained consistent with law, fact, and evidence, there is no doubt that the reputation of the USBP has suffered because of the many outside voices. Mandating the use of terms which are inconsistent with law has the potential to further erode public trust in our government institutions.

I am also concerned about the morale of our workforce. To be clear, when I reference morale, I am not referring to an employee’s happiness. I am referring to an individual’s willingness to take personal risk each day to keep others safe. There are countless human capital studies which indicate that mission criticality and support from leadership affect the willingness of personnel to comply with policy and professional standards.

I respectfully recommend that we delay these changes until the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is enacted and then adjust appropriately.

As Joe Biden nears his 100th day in office, a new poll reveals that his approval rating is downright laughable.



According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, Biden has a 52 percent approval rating at 100 days in office, which is the third-lowest since tracking began.

Of those who approve, 34% say they strongly approve and 18% say they somewhat approve.

The Daily Mail has more:

Of the 1,007 adults polled by phone for the survey, 42% say they disapprove of Biden’s job as president so far, with 35% saying they strongly disapprove and 7% saying they somewhat disapprove.

His administration has the dilemma of sticking with traditional Democratic initiatives or pushing further left as the party veers that way.

Forty percent of those polled last week say that Biden is voting too liberally for them.

Where he falls short, however, is with immigration, national security, and the border crisis.

Only 37% say they approve of his handling of the southern border while 53% say they disapprove.

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Quite amazing that Biden has the third-lowest approval rating given he has just about the entire media on his side trying to help him with everything.