Alien

Alien in the United States

Alien Definition

A person born in a foreign country; one who is not a citizen of the country in which one resides.
“(Lat. alierms, belonging to another; foreign). A foreigner; one of foreign birth in England. One born out of the allegiance of the king. In the United States, One born out of the jurisdiction -according to the definition of Alien based on The Cyclopedic Law Dictionary– of the United States, and who has not been naturalized under their constitution and laws. The children of ambassadors and ministers at foreign courts, however, are not aliens. And see 10 U.S. St. at Large, 604.”

For other meanings of it, read Alien in the Legal Dictionary here.

Alien in the U.S. Immigration Law

  • Alien: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States.
  • Deportable Alien: An alien inspected and admitted into the United States but who is subject to removal under INA § 237(a).
  • Inadmissible Alien: An alien who is ineligible to receive a visa and ineligible to be admitted to the United States, according to the provisions of INA § 212(a).
  • Removable Alien: An alien who is inadmissible or deportable (INA § 240(e)(2)).

Alien in the United States Constitution

According to the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, about this, the status of aliens persons who are not citizens of the United States presented perplexing constitutional problems in the United States only after the great waves of immigration began in the nineteenth century. The question seems not to have troubled the Framers of the Constitution. James Madison.

Alien in Immigration Law

In this area of law, Alien means: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States.

Alien and Refugees

A definition of Alien, in the context of refugee resettlement and non-emergency repatriation, may be provided here: Any person not a citizen or national of the United States.

Concept of Alien

In relation to immigration and citizenship, Alien is defined as: Any person not a citizen or national of the U.S. “Foreign national” is a synonym and used outside of statutes when referring to noncitizens of the U.S.

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  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Non-Emergency Repatriation

Concept of Alien

In relation to immigration and citizenship, Alien is defined as: Any person not a citizen or national of the U.S. “Foreign national” is a synonym and used outside of statutes when referring to noncitizens of the U.S.

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Alien: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Alien. This part provides references, in relation to Alien, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Alien by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Alien and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Alien or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Alien and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Alien. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Alien should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Alien when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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