DHS Directs Border Agents to Use Preferred Pronouns for Undocumented Immigrants in Biden Administration

The DHS under the Biden administration is advising Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to inquire about immigrants’ “preferred pronouns” and employ gender-neutral language in their interactions. The provided guidance, titled “Guide to Facilitating Effective Communication with Individuals who Identify as LGBTQI+,” also cautions CBP agents against using specific terms.

“This job aid provides guidance to all CBP employees who interact with the public … including individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming,” the document reads. “This guidance should be used by all CBP employees who encounter members of the public.”

The directive further insists that Customs and Border Patrol agents refrain from using “‘he, him,’ ‘she, her’ pronouns until more information is available from or provided by the individual.” Additionally, CBP agents are advised against using terms such as “Mr,” “Mrs,” “sir,” or “ma’am.”

“Keep in mind that gender identity (sense of self) and sexual orientation (attraction) are separate and distinct; hence, transgender people, for example, may identify as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual,” the document also reads. “The terms and definitions in this job guide are not universal. Some LGBTQI+ individuals may define these terms differently.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s push for embracing new language coincides with an unprecedented crisis on the southern border. Approximately 1.7 million undocumented immigrants have entered the United States since President Joe Biden assumed office.

Representative Mark Green (R-TN), Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, asserts that the guidance is a disrespect to agents seeking additional resources to address the border’s illegal immigration crisis.

“Border Patrol agents are crying out for tools and policies that will help them do their jobs, but are being handed manuals on misgendering instead,” Green told The Daily Wire. “This makes a mockery of those who are doing their best to keep our borders secure.”

“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen multiple reports of criminal illegal aliens who have been released into our country on Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ watch, as well as the apprehension of a record number of individuals on the terrorist watchlist — in large part because our Border Patrol agents are so overwhelmed by this unprecedented crisis,” Green added. “I’m sure, however, Americans will be comforted to know that those agents are now being trained on which pronouns these bad actors prefer.”