Some states dropping 'dehumanizing' terms for immigrants
November 28, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Luz Rivas remembers seeing the word on her mother's residency card as a child: "alien."
In the stark terms of the government, it signaled her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal meaning. Even though they were going through the naturalization process, it meant the family did not belong.
"I want other children of immigrants, like me, to not feel the same way I did, that my family did, when we saw the word 'alien'," said Rivas, now an assemblywoman in the California Legislature.
The Democratic lawmaker sough...