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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Trump would be forcing a constitutional question by daring the courts to stop him Current Supreme Court precedent (under the 1898 ruling known as Wong Kim Ark) holds that the children of noncitizens born in the United States are citizens. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump wants to end birthright citizenship," 30 Oct. 2018 In College Park, home to the University of Maryland, an amendment that would have allowed noncitizen voting failed last year. Olga R. Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco to allow noncitizens to vote for school board," 23 Oct. 2018 That would raise the uninsured rate for U.S. citizen children with a noncitizen parent from 8 percent to between 14 and 22 percent. Kate Morrissey,, "Proposed public charge changes could reduce healthcare coverage for children: study," 4 June 2018 Why should there be an exception for noncitizens who have been arrested for the crime of illegally entering the U.S.? WSJ, "Trump Isn’t to Blame for Family Separations," 24 June 2018 Ho and others say Hispanics and Asians, who have more common surnames, are more likely to be falsely identified as noncitizens. John Wagner, Washington Post, "Trump’s voter commission is dead, but critics worry its mission may live on," 6 Jan. 2018 Only 35 noncitizens have signed up to vote as of Monday, the registration deadline in California, according to San Francisco’s Department of Elections. Olga R. Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco to allow noncitizens to vote for school board," 23 Oct. 2018 California governor vetoes bills to let noncitizens serve on boards, block immigration arrests in courthouses. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Key vote on Kavanaugh confirmation Friday morning; Multiple victims in Supreme smear campaign," 28 Sep. 2018 According to the 2018 Current Population Survey, noncitizens (both legal and undocumented) comprise 30% of Hispanic adults and 32% of Asian adults—in contrast to just 2% for whites. William H Frey, Fortune, "Commentary: These Are the Groups Most Likely to Stop Participating in the U.S. Census," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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