Associated Press Will No Longer Use Term “Illegal Immigrant”

by Colonel on April 3, 2013

“The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels.

“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,” Carroll wrote.

Last fall, the AP said they would restrict the usage of “illegal immigrant” to certain circumstances due to the complexity of the immigration experience.

On Tuesday afternoon, The New York Times said that they are also currently considering revisions to their guidelines for using the term “illegal immigrant.”

” — Cristina Constantini, Copyright 2013 ABC News Internet Ventures

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