Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Associated Press on Use of Phrase ‘Illegal Immigrant’ – and DMK Commentary


AP Press Release dated Oct. 19, 2012, reprinted in full below, followed by editorial comment.  

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"Reviewing the use of 'illegal immigrant' – Oct. 19, 2012

In "Close to the News," a staff newsletter about the AP news report, worldwide and in all media, Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent reviews use of the term "illegal immigrant" and offers further guidance on writing about immigration issues.  

In recent weeks, we’ve seen some requests for the AP and other news organizations to ban the term “illegal immigrant,” based on the contention that the term is inaccurate and dehumanizing.  The issue has come up in the past, too, almost always in the U.S. context; we rarely