AP Stylebook nixes 'illegal immigrant'

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

04.02.13 Blog ProtestThe AP Stylebook is the definitive style guide for journalists. Today AP editors nixed the term "illegal immigrant" and no longer allow the use of "illegal" as a description for a person. 

Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented.

Do not describe people as violating immigration laws without attribution.

Specify wherever possible how someone entered the country illegally and from where. Crossed the border? Overstayed a visa? What nationality?

The change is timely as Oregon grapples with its tuition equity bill—Gov. Kitzhaber today signed House Bill 2787, a bill allowing graduates of Oregon high schools to pay resident tuition at the state's public universities, despite when or how they came to the state.

"Illegal" can be a loaded term when used to describe a person. What do you think of the AP's change?

Web Editor Emma Hall writes about the fast-changing world of journalism, startups and the intersection of Generation Y and the economy.

 

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+4 #1 RE: AP Stylebook nixes 'illegal immigrant'Guest 2013-04-03 21:01:44
The stupidity of this issue falls from the ridiculous to the obscene: "Illegal immigrant" should not spark anything. The term is accepted to mean that the person or persons have entered this country illegally, e.g., "Juan Cruz is an illegal immigrant." This 'politically correct' nonsense is a capitulation to those persons and organizations who support entry of Mexicans (as well as other) into this country illegally, to suit their own selfish purposes; i.e. Mexican families and individual who prize their ethnic background over that of being an American. The term ‘Mexican American’ is a good example. I am an ‘American of Mexican descent,’ not a ‘Mexican American.’ This country puts the food on my table, the clothes on my back and the roof over my head. Any illegal entry to America endangers my country, adding financial burdens to Americans who prize this country over that of their ancestry. ‘Illegal immigrant’ is not a derogatory term, it is merely a descriptive ... an apropos, concise term, now used by the Mexican, Hispanic community as another stupid issue to garner support – no matter how you slice it, entering this country illegally makes you an ‘Illegal (“...not according to or authorized by law....”), immigrant (“...a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.”). Pandering to the Mexican community is becoming the wedge between our political parties and legal American citizens. There are other races who pose as much or more of a problem than those Mexicans who are here illegally and continue to cross our borders illegally. Those groups have been smart enough to remain out of the public eye – they are allowing the Mexican community to lead to their acceptance here and share in the benefits of living in America – at an enormous drain of our physical and economic resources – just a few Trillion more or less. So lets just discontinue to ‘hurt’ their sensitive little hearts ... consider the term “Persons Entering America Surreptitiously (PEAS).”
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+1 #2 AP Stylebook nixes 'illegal immigrant'Guest 2013-04-03 23:59:42
Another stupid PC move. It is extremely irritating that the people who violated US Immigration Laws are making so much noise about wanting rights in the US. Even more appalling is that our elected officials prefer to pander to them then do what is right for the citizens they were elected to represent. Now these same Oregon elected officials want to provide Oregon driver licenses to illegal immigrants for four years. They say it’s to make our roads safer. How will providing a driver license to an illegal immigrant make our roads safer? Just because they took a test to get a license does not mean they will have insurance nor does it mean they will follow the laws of the road. We already know they don’t follow immigration laws. What else happens when they get a driver license? With the driver license and one piece of mail, they become eligible to register to vote. They are not eligible to live here legally, but they will be able to vote and have an impact on OUR country. That is unacceptable. Absolutely no benefits of any kind should be provided to anyone who is here illegally. That means no work, no welfare, no healthcare, no education and no driver license. Once we stop providing these items to those who have violated our immigration laws, maybe then we can begin to get US citizens back to work and reduce our class sizes to improve our education system. E-Verify should be mandatory across the United States. Another way to remedy the situation of illegal immigrants is to fine ANY business who hires them. A minimum fine of $50,000, per illegal immigrant hired, would make a business think twice before hiring any illegal immigrants.
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-3 #3 sickandtiredofl azinessGuest 2013-04-04 13:28:28
Hoorah for oregon!!! I want these idiots who comment to take me to their nearest welfare department to show me all the "illegal aliens" obtaining benefits....... ..can guarantee that the drain on this country comes from whites or black!! Illegal or not give me a hard working person anyday!!!
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0 #4 Legal Taxpaying US CitizenGuest 2013-04-17 10:28:23
This is tantamount to more media censor-
ship. We need to demand the truth and responsible journalism instead of the American people continuing to accept this kind of pablum. Don't PC, sugarcoat or dumb-it-down for me!

Sign me by my full, LEGAL name Paula Ann Griffin, Anderson, SC
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