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Dropped: “illegal immigrant”

Dropped: “illegal immigrant”

The Associated Press has announced extensive reasoning in the dropping of the phrase “illegal immigrant”. A brief excerpt from Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll:

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.

Slate’s coverage of the change includes an article by David Weigel (How Immigration Activists Convinced the AP That “Illegal” Was a Dirty Word) and recommending a November episode of Slate’s “Lexicon Valley,” embedded in their most recent post.


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Rod Gillis

Consciousness raising is an important part of social change, an important part of advancing social justice. And what’s more, its important to allow people to define themselves, rather than have definitions foisted upon them by others–especially when others have an agenda.

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