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No labels: AP style book bans “illegal immigrant”

posted at 3:26 pm on April 2, 2013 by

Today’s the second of the month, so this isn’t an April Fools joke:

The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.” 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. The company’s decision comes after years of controversy over the term. Fusion, the ABC-Univision joint venture, does not use “illegal immigrant” because we believe it dehumanizes those it describes and we find it to be linguistically inaccurate.

In case you’re curious, “undocumented immigrant” is also verboten, which leaves…what, exactly?  AP pro-tip: Why use two words when 17 will suffice?

Exit questions (Allahpundit ™):  How should enlightened journos refer to illegal immigrants persons-who-have-migrated-to-the-United-States-in-violation-of-one-or-more-statutes-but-whose-humanity-we-fully-affirm from now on?  And what other terms should get the axe, based on this standard?  Does active engagement in terrorism make someone a “terrorist”, really?  That’s such a judgmental word.  What about “criminals”?  ”Persons convicted of unlawful acts” sounds less harsh.   Have at it, folks.

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Maybe the AP will start calling them “undocumented citizens” like Rand Paul does.

Mark1971 on April 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Will they continue to label those who oppose amnesty, “anti-immigrant” or “anti-immigration?”

Fezzik on April 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

OK. How about using this term:

Foreign Invaders

wren on April 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally,”

Isn’t that what we are doing when we use the words “illegal immigrant”? Of course it is. And you bolded this part, which is the heart of it. The implication seems to be they really don’t mean what their policy says, and are just banning the terms entirely. Probably you’re right, but the cognitive dissonance is blatant.

Fenris on April 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Those Ent names will keep Sauron on his toes, lest he risk exposing himself as a boorish rube for elves to heap mockery upon.

derit on April 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

So, it’s acceptable to the AP to write “immigrated illegally,” but not “illegal immigrant”?

Does this also mean that, by extension, the term “legal immigrant” is banned?

steebo77 on April 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Un-invited Guests?

JusDreamin on April 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

$50 on “undetermined citizenship”.

Xavier on April 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

“Illegal immigrant” is out. So is “undocumented”?

Are they going back to “wetback”?

krome on April 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Mentally challenged Liberals actually think they can solve real problems by outlawing the words which describe them!!!

What maroons!! …and their alien invader friends, too!!!

Next: To rescue the economy, Liberals will ban the word “unemployed”!!!

landlines on April 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Next: To rescue the economy, Liberals will ban the word “unemployed”!!!

landlines on April 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Absolutely…many libtards don’t say that they are currently unemployed anyways, but that they are ‘between jobs’ :)…it always cracks me up…

jimver on April 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

AP pro-tip: Why use two words when 17 will suffice?

Is this is a decision by people who get paid by the word? Are these the same folks who nodded sagely when the Obama admin reclassified war as time limited military kinetic action?

Do these people know that Orwell’s work was meant to be a warning, not an instruction manual?

CitizenEgg on April 3, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I am confused.

That is all…..

nchammer on April 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Good, I much prefer Criminal Alien or Alien Invader, to illegal Immigrant.

Bulletchaser on April 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

LOL Or as Jay Leno (or Jay Leno’s joke writer) calls them: undocumented Democrats.

cynccook on April 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Okay let’s use Illegally an Immigrant, or resident Illegally?

JohnFLob on April 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I think it’d be wise at this rate to refer to Associated Press (“AP”) as Assanine Pantywaist, that way they can keep the “AP” but be admitting by using it that they’re an organization of fools.

Lourdes on April 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM