The talking points address a number of fundamental questions lawmakers may face. “When engaging in conversation or doing an interview on immigration reform” lawmakers “Do acknowledge that ‘Our current immigration system is broken and we need to fix it,'” but “Don’t begin with ‘We are against amnesty.'”

Similarly, when discussing undocumented workers living in the United States, HLN advises members, “Do use ‘undocumented immigrant’ when referring to those here without documentation,” but “Don’t use the word ‘illegals’ or ‘aliens,'” and “Don’t use the term ‘anchor baby.'”

Strikingly, HLN also recommends lawmakers not reference Ronald Reagan’s immigration reform law, pointing out that “That legislation was true amnesty; in addition, border security, fixing our visa system, and a temporary worker program were parts of the reform which were never implemented.”