The Library of Congress has long-standing, professional practices and principles that are used to propose updates to subject headings. In March, the Library of Congress did just that, proposing to update the subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens” to “Noncitizens” and/or “Unauthorized immigration.”
However, the House Appropriations Committee is ready to order the Library of Congress not to make those changes. A vote will likely occur in a few days.
Maryland has two members of Congress that serve on the House Appropriations Committee—Congressman Harris and Congressman Ruppersberger. If they are your representatives, please contact them to ask that they respect the Library of Congress’ professional opinion by keeping any instructions or discussion of subject headings out of the Library of Congress’s funding bill and its legislative report. More background information and how to contact your elected officials appear in the links below:
- Send email – A letter is provided that you can personalize, if you wish.
- Make a call
- Send a tweet – Click on Send a Tweet in the slideshow
Not sure who your elected officials are? Just enter your ZIP code on the right in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box on the Action Center.
A more detailed explanation appears in the District Dispatch.
Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!