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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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 As a result, more than 20 percent of all noncitizens who face deportation on criminal grounds are black, and black people are ultimately deported at a higher rate. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 The practical impact would be to reduce the number of congressional districts, and therefore Electoral College votes, in states with large numbers of noncitizens — often, though not always, Democratic strongholds. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests," 10 July 2018 Still, the overriding message of the ruling was that decisions on admission and exclusion of noncitizens were, first and foremost, matters for the executive and not the judiciary. Bob Egelko,, "Travel ban: Ruling a big win for Trump and presidential power," 27 June 2018 The case required Kobach to prove that Kansas has a significant problem with noncitizens registering to vote. Fox News, "Federal judge tosses Kansas voter ID law, orders state's top prosecutor to undergo legal training," 19 June 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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