Wednesday, April 3, 2013


The Associated Press will drop the use of the term “illegal immigrant” from their reporting style book.

Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.

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?

Good for them.  Of course the nutsery will accuse them of being “politically correct,” which is always good for a laugh.

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  1. Did AP do away with “politically correct,” too? I haven’t traveled, so I can’t say that the USA is the most two-faced country in the world. But we sure are two-faced with style.

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