Associated Press No Longer Using Term “Illegal Alien”

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The Associated Press is changing the way it describes people who come to the United States illegally. In a post on the AP blog titled “‘Illegal immigrant’ no more,” AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains the decision to erase “illegal immigrant” from the AP Stylebook.

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.

So, how exactly does the new AP Stylebook tell writers to describe, undocumented, er, illegal aliens, er, illegal immigrants, er…?
Here are the new rules:

Illegal immigration Entering or residing in a country in violation of civil or criminal law. 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?

And those who qualify for Obama’s dreamers program? They aren’t illegal, either.

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  • TexRancher

    How about “Criminal Foreign National Invaders protected by Unvetted President”?

  • Kent2012

    The American people no longer refer to the press punks as journalists, they are now communist scum sucking pigs……

    • mrsgunnut10

      Yes, But just the AP Journalist’s. We don’t know about the others – YET.

  • Ross Fortificacion

    The reason is that the Commander and thief is an illegal alien himself.

  • They are ILLEGALS!

  • MontieR

    Ok if ‘Illegal immigrant” is out then how about undocumented criminals.

  • how about undocumented democrats

  • They really should educate the world and call migrants “illegal” and “illegals” migrants. NONE OF THEM ARE IMIGRANTS

  • They really should educate the world and call “migrants “illegal” and “illegals” migrants. NONE OF THEM ARE IMIGRANTS

  • LOL! @ TexRancher. PERFECT: “Criminal Foreign National Invaders protected by Unvetted President”?

  • We should be calling them “Deported Illegal Aliens”.

  • Miguel51

    Can’t use “illegal alien” anymore. Hmmmm…how about we call them undocumented trespassers or maybe federally connected criminals or better yet Obama approved criminals.

  • HongryHawg

    Fair enough. I stopped using the word “journalist” long ago.