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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And the underlying goal remains: eliminate noncitizens from the data used to draw political boundaries. The Christian Science Monitor, "Preparing for the storm," 12 July 2019 But Democrats worry the real motivation is to discourage noncitizens from responding, skewing the population counts used to draw Congressional districts and eventually giving Republicans a bigger electoral advantage. Li Zhou, Vox, "The Trump administration plans a fight to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census," 3 July 2019 It is estimated by the government that more than 324,000 people in households with noncitizens would drop out of or not enroll in public benefit programs if the new rule went into effect. Mariel Padilla,, "California counties sue to block Trump’s new green card test," 14 Aug. 2019 More than 324,000 people in households with noncitizens are estimated to drop out or not enroll in public benefit programs. Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, "Trump Policy Favors Wealthier Immigrants for Green Cards," 12 Aug. 2019 The rules, which will take effect in mid-October, are likely to have a wide impact in states with large immigrant communities, like California, where many families are made up of citizens and noncitizens alike. Los Angeles Times, "New Trump rules could deny green cards to immigrants on public assistance," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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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