The demeaning reference dates back to 1789 in US law and is overused by right-wing conservative media to vilify undocumented immigrants in the country.
"COVID-19 doesn't ask about legal status and does not care about the politics of a state."
President Donald Trump is seeking to omit undocumented immigrants from the census to put more Republicans in Congress.
The Trump administration separated thousands of children from their families at the border between 2017 and 2018, and 545 children remain without their families.
Trump’s mission to change House representative seats violated the constitution and "federal laws governing the census and reapportionment."
The missing parents are from Trump’s 2017 pilot program to separate families at the border.
A US Court of Appeals has given more power to ICE agents and taken constitutional rights away from undocumented immigrants.