Summary: H.R.3785 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/21/2015)

Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act

This bill prohibits an executive agency from using the following terms in any rule, regulation, interpretation, publication, other document, display, or sign issued by the agency except to the extent that the term is used in quoting or reproducing text written by a source other than an officer or employee of the agency:

  • "alien" when used to refer to an individual who is not a U.S. citizen or national, and
  • "illegal alien" when used to refer to an individual who is unlawfully present in the United States or who lacks a lawful U.S. immigration status.

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of various U.S. administrative bureaus and agencies, the term "foreign national" in federal law means any individual other than an individual who: (1) is a U.S. citizen; or (2) though not a U.S. citizen, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.

Any reference in any federal statute, rule, regulation, executive order, publication, or other U.S. document to the term:

  • "alien" when used to refer to an individual who is not a U.S. citizen or national is deemed to refer to the term "foreign national," and
  • "illegal alien" when used to refer to an individual who is unlawfully present in the United States or who lacks a lawful U.S. immigration status is deemed to refer to the term "undocumented foreign national."

Conforming amendments are made to specified Acts.