non·​cit·​i·​zen | \ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən also -sən \

Definition of noncitizen 

: a person who is not a citizen the only noncitizen in town often used before another noun noncitizen students

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Additionally, San Francisco will permit noncitizens to vote in school board elections starting in 2018. Jamie Halper,, "Council considers allowing noncitizens to vote in municipal elections," 10 July 2018 That figure rose to 19 percent when applied to low-wage workers, and noncitizens making minimum wage were 50 percent more likely to experience wage theft than U.S. citizens. Jonathan Kauffman,, "La Taqueria workers’ risky complaints over unpaid overtime, health care bring reforms," 30 June 2018 Critics have also decried Trump’s comments about deportation that suggested migrants, including asylum seekers, should be deported immediately, without due process — rights afforded even to noncitizens under the Constitution. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions claims “lunatic fringe” oppose Trump’s border policies," 26 June 2018 The Trump administration has the ability to expand the statute to encompass the entire country and apply it to any noncitizen who has not been in the country for more than two years, Mr. Cox said. New York Times, "Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of Due Process Rights," 24 June 2018 The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that noncitizens not promptly detained must be given the opportunity to be released on bond. Mark Scolforo,, "Supreme Court keeps revised Pa. congressional map in place," 19 Mar. 2018 The racial and religious minorities — citizens and noncitizens alike — who are at the sharp end of the travel ban’s discriminatory focus have reason to fear. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The travel ban decision echoes of some of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history," 26 June 2018 In 2017, federal authorities in California transferred at least 2,300 suspects — both citizens and noncitizens — to state law enforcement agencies, according to federal officials. Richard Marosi,, "Feds won't transfer some immigrant suspects to California custody, citing 'sanctuary state' law," 14 June 2018 Blackman thinks the court will find that the President has his own inherent constitutional authority to exclude noncitizens and the justices won't hold campaign statements against the President. CNN, "Supreme Court takes up Trump travel ban," 25 Apr. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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non·​cit·​i·​zen | \ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən\

Legal Definition of noncitizen 

: one who is not a citizen

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