DHS Enforcing Preferred Pronouns For Migrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled a new memo that calls for members of law enforcement to make sure to use migrants’ preferred pronouns in interactions. The move comes despite the fact that September saw the highest level of attempted migrant crossings in the nation’s recorded history.

According to a DHS document secured by the Heritage Foundation, Border Patrol agents should refrain from using gender-specific language such as “Mr.” or “Mrs.”

In the Guide to Facilitating Effective Communication with Individuals who Identify as LGBTQI+, DHS advises law enforcement to refrain from such pronoun use “until you have more information about the individual.”

The document also states that border officials should not “question the authenticity of a person who tells you that he, she or they identify as LGBTQI+.”

It also forbids correcting “an individual’s stated pronoun or gender identity.”

“The terms and definitions in this job guide are not universal. Some LGBTQI+ individuals may define these terms differently,” the document reads.

The changes received significant criticism from some Republican members of Congress.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) wrote that the White House’s “disastrous open borders policy has resulted in a crisis of historic proportions, yet instead of locking-down the border, they focus on gendered language.”

The attention on migrants’ pronouns came as attempted crossings into the United States spiked in recent months. There has been a significant increase in the flow of illegal immigrants since the White House ended the Title 42 asylum policy of former President Donald Trump.

In September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that there were almost 220,000 encounters with attempted crossers. This was a significant increase in the number of migrants since the previous month and a significant increase from attempted crossings during the Trump administration.

The increased flow of migrants has caused significant strain on a number of states and cities. In particular, a number of locations that declared themselves ‘sanctuaries’ for illegal immigrants are now facing serious budgetary and public opinion issues due to the influx of migrants.