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

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Official Title as Introduced

To prohibit Executive agencies from using the derogatory term "alien" to refer to an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States, to amend chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, to establish a uniform definition for the term "foreign national", and for other purposes.


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Date Actions Overview
07/16/2019Introduced in House

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08/06/2019Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
07/16/2019Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
07/16/2019Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
07/16/2019Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary07/16/2019 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship08/06/2019 Referred to
House Oversight and Reform07/16/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in House (07/16/2019)

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

This bill prohibits any executive agency from using the term alien to refer to an individual who is not a U.S. citizen or national, or illegal alien to refer to such an individual who is unlawfully present in the United States or lacks lawful immigration status. This prohibition does not apply when quoting certain texts.

The bill (1) establishes a uniform definition for the term foreign national when used in acts of Congress and agencies; (2) replaces alien with foreign national in federal government documents, including statutes and regulations; and (3) replaces illegal alien with undocumented foreign national in such documents.

Under the bill, a foreign national is any individual other than an individual (1) who is a citizen of the United States; or (2) though not a citizen of the United States, who owes permanent allegiance to the United States.