The term was common under the administration of former President Donald Trump, appearing frequently in statements and press releases from Immigration and Customs and Customs and Border Protection.
The White House confirmed the change in the Daily News, but declined to provide further comment.
“As the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, we are setting the tone and example for our country and our partners around the world.
“We enforce the laws of our nation while preserving the dignity of every individual with whom we interact.
“The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity on those in our care,” Troy Miller, acting commissioner of CBP, said in a memo.
The change comes as Biden reckons with an immigration crisis on America’s southern border, where an outbreak of migrants fleeing violence in Central America has led to an overflow of shelters filled with minors.
The president angered progressives last week when the White House announced it had no plans to increase the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States this year from 15,000, a ceiling set by Trump.
But Biden quickly turned the tide, saying his administration would raise the cap.
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