By Alexander Abad-Santos – Starting now, you will never see the “lazy” words “illegal immigrant” in another AP story unless they’re quoting someone important saying it.
AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains the timely style change:
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.
The AP’s decision also comes as Senators are putting the final touches on a bi-partisan plan for immigration reform. Indeed, there’s also a shift on a bigger level here: If an organization as big and influential as the AP is changing the way it uses words, will it perhaps pull or push other publications to strike that phrase? more> http://tinyurl.com/bv3y9g8
- Immigration Debate: The Problem with the Word Illegal, Jose Antonio Vargas, TIME
- Immigration Reform 2013: The Term “Illegal Immigrant” is Perfectly Acceptable, Alasdair Denvil, policymic
- No human being is illegal: It’s time to drop the ‘i-word’, Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera
- The AP’s Crime Against Logic Its “illegal immigrant” change makes no sense, John McWorter, New Republic