non·​cit·​i·​zen | \ ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən also -sən How to pronounce noncitizen (audio) \

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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Had the effort succeeded, fewer immigrants and noncitizens would have participated in the census, thereby warping a decade’s worth of federal statistics and congressional districts. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How Prisons Inflate Rural Voters’ Power," 2 Aug. 2019 Currently, all states draw district lines based on an area’s total population — young, old, citizen, noncitizen. David Lauter,, "As Trump retreats on census, outlines of next battle come into focus," 12 July 2019 Like Hoover’s deportation spree, officials made little effort to differentiate between the U.S. citizens and noncitizens who got rounded up and deported. Anthony W. Fontes, The Conversation, "The long, bipartisan history of dealing with immigrants harshly," 9 July 2019 Both critics and the Census Bureau’s own experts believe the question will depress responses from minority groups including noncitizens. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Trump administration considers delaying 2020 Census," 1 July 2019 One reason the citizenship question is seen as pivotal is that those same states are heavy with the noncitizens and minority residents like Hispanics who analysts say would avoid a census that sought to know their status. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Why the Supreme Court’s Rulings Have Profound Implications for American Politics," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile, the citizenship question may create new risks of undercount for the nearly 45 million Americans living in a household with at least one noncitizen. Rebecca Tippett, Vox, "The citizenship question is blocked for now. But demographers are still worried about the census.," 27 June 2019 Carson has proposed a rule that would make households that include both U.S. citizens and noncitizens ineligible to receive housing vouchers. Los Angeles Times, "As homelessness crisis grows, the Trump administration has made few new efforts," 26 July 2019 Republicans are also pointing to Gideon’s support of bills to provide assistance to noncitizens and switch from the Electoral College to a national popular vote. Washington Post, "A top Maine Democrat announces bid to unseat Sen. Collins," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of noncitizen

1850, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of noncitizen

chiefly US : a person who lives in a country and is not a legal citizen of it


non·​cit·​i·​zen | \ ˌnän-ˈsi-tə-zən\

Legal Definition of noncitizen

: one who is not a citizen

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