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The Associated Press Stylebook Drops “Illegal Immigrant,” The Times Debates Following Suit

Written by on April 4, 2013 in Immigration 101, Reform with 2 Comments
The <em>Associated Press</em> Stylebook Drops “Illegal Immigrant,” The <em>Times</em> Debates Following Suit

On Tuesday, the Associated Press (AP) posted a blog saying that they are no longer going to advise writers to use the term “illegal immigrant” in the stylebook.  The AP stylebook is considered the standard among American journalists, so the change is likely lead to a marked drop in the use of the controversial term […]

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Associated Press Issues Misleading Defense of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Written by on October 24, 2012 in DACA/DAPA, Demographics, Immigration 101, Reform with 11 Comments
Associated Press Issues Misleading Defense of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Unlike lawyers and policymakers, journalists have an obligation to use language that ordinary people understand. Although the practice is generally helpful, it can sometimes result in oversimplification, or sacrificing accuracy for the sake of supposed clarity. A perfect example is the memo issued by the Associated Press last week endorsing use of the term “illegal […]

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Got Clarity? “Illegal Immigrant” Is More than Just a Term

Written by on October 5, 2012 in Enforcement, Integration, Reform with 0 Comments
Got Clarity? “Illegal Immigrant” Is More than Just a Term

Over the last few weeks, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has been weighing a challenge from fellow journalist and self-described “undocumented immigrant” Jose Antonio Vargas—drop the use of “illegal immigrant” as the Times default description of the 12 million undocumented people in the United States.  Sullivan invited and received public comment on the […]

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