Is the AP Right to Stop Using the Term "Illegal Immigrant?"

Apr 4, 2013 Full story: US News & World Report 31

The Associated Press Tuesday announced that the organization's widely used stylebook no longer uses the term "illegal immigrant" to describe a person in the United States without legal permission.

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Magadala

Gig Harbor, WA

#1 Apr 4, 2013
So we are all suppose to fold our hands and very quietly and calmly say, illegal alien every chance we get!

The illegal alien Vargas says, ". "What I hope is this is just the beginning of a conversation for newsrooms across America," he said."

Un Huh! And according to the poll, over 82% of the people have already had the conversation, and they still think it should be illegal alien!!!

The nerve of MSM! They wake up one morning and think, wouldn't it be great to call them something else more appropriate, yeah, illegal alien!!!!

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

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#2 Apr 4, 2013
They aren't immigrants, they are law breakers.

Since: Aug 11

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#3 Apr 4, 2013
its just p/c mess gone wild.

the libs like to try and make light of crime by changing the name.

this rag must be bought with foodstamps,surly no one would waste money on it.

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

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#4 Apr 4, 2013
They should just call the illegals, or border jumpers. They didn't follow the procedures to become immigrants so calling the immigrants is wrong.
spud

Bangor, PA

#5 Apr 4, 2013
If the APs objective is to be some sort of propaganda weasel, then they are absolutely right to ban the term "illegal alien". If their mission is reporting or journalism, then they should retain the totally accurate label of "illegal aliens". Newspapers have become the right arm of our corrupt political system. Is it any wonder people don't buy papers any more?
American girl

Pikeville, TN

#6 Apr 4, 2013
Everyone here has broken the law one time or the other. Im sure you have went over the speed limit.Maybe we need to call you convict.
Magadala

Kingston, WA

#7 Apr 4, 2013
American girl wrote:
Everyone here has broken the law one time or the other. Im sure you have went over the speed limit.Maybe we need to call you convict.
Mmmmmm I don't know about others, but I personally have NEVER "went" over the speed limit!!! How do ya went it, Hon'?!!!
Magadala

Kingston, WA

#8 Apr 4, 2013
Sounds like illegal alien talk! Look @ what was done with our 9 or 10 year free education with billions of $$$ on ELL!

P.S., I say 9-10 yr as a compliment since most don't graduate high school. I know how to do "PC" to keep her from feeling bad. I wonder if she knows it goes to 12th grade?!!!(...I know, that was bad! Higher Power forgive me for that one!)

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

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#9 Apr 5, 2013
To call them illegal immigrants is like calling rapists, 'illegal lovers'.
spud

Bangor, PA

#10 Apr 5, 2013
American girl wrote:
Everyone here has broken the law one time or the other. Im sure you have went over the speed limit.Maybe we need to call you convict.
Why not. If you wanna label someone on a past conviction, I say knock yourself out. You can call me convict if you want. Your comparison between speeders and illegal aliens is weak. The difference between a convicted speeder and an illegal alien is the illegal aliens presence in this country puts him in a constant, unlawful state whereas the speeder breaks the law and then goes back to being lawful. Illegal aliens are closer to drug addicts than speeders.
Memo From Turner

Miami, FL

#11 Apr 5, 2013
Why anybody cares what words they use is hard to understand. Focus on matters of substance instead of what names you call people.

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

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#12 Apr 5, 2013
You can't discuss without words; words matter.
spud

Bangor, PA

#13 Apr 5, 2013
Brian_G wrote:
You can't discuss without words; words matter.
Words can be counterproductive when they are crafted to deceive or justify evil. Politicians pay people good money to do just that. Refusing to say "illegal alien" is dishonest and corrupt, but that's what our MSM is.

“I Luv Carbon Dioxide”

Since: Dec 08

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#14 Apr 6, 2013
Illegals aren't immigrants, that implies they came here to live and obey our laws. Immigrants play by the rules.

They are lawbreakers, aliens who steal jobs, borderjumpers and trespassers.

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#15 Apr 6, 2013
Definitions

Alien, Immigrant, Illegal Alien, Undocumented Immigrant

These related terms are often used in deliberately confusing and conflicting
ways. Here is a set of definitions that will help you sort out the
difference.
IMMIGRANT: In popular usage, an "immigrant" is generally understood to be a
person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.
Under this definition, therefore, an "immigrant" is an alien admitted to the
U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. The emphasis in this definition is
upon the presumptions that (1) the immigrant followed U.S. laws and
procedures in establishing residence in our country; (2) he or she wishes to
reside here permanently; and (3) he or she swears allegiance to our country
or at least solemnly affirms that he/she will observe and respect our laws
and our Constitution.

ALIEN: By contrast, an "alien" is generally understood to be a foreigner --
a person who comes from a foreign country -- who does not owe allegiance to
our country.

ILLEGAL ALIEN: An "illegal alien" is a foreigner who (1) does not owe
allegiance to our country; and (2) who has violated our laws and customs in
establishing residence in our country. He or she is therefore a criminal
under applicable U.S. laws.

The term "illegal alien" is used by U.S. citizens who believe that
non-citizens entering our country must comply with our immigration laws.

The term "illegal alien" is predicated upon U.S. immigration law
which requires foreigners entering the U.S. to comply with our country's
rules and laws regarding entry into, and residence within, our country.

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT: The term "undocumented immigrant" is an oxymoron
(the parts conflict). An immigrant is synonymous with "permanent legal
resident." The old term for the document authorizing a permanent legal
resident is "green card." The term "undocumented" is derived from the
accurate term "undocumented aliens" who are often called "border crossers."
Proper terms are "illegal alien" or "undocumented alien" but not
"undocumented immigrant." Although not commonly used, the term "documented
alien" accurately refers to foreign nationals who have an unexpired
non-immigrant visa such as H-1B.

Most U.S. citizens do not use the term "undocumented immigrant"
and prefer, instead, the more descriptive and accurate term "illegal alien".

The term "undocumented immigrant" is used by those who believe in
"open borders", i.e., non-regulation of foreigners entering into and
assuming residence in the U.S., including even those foreigners who owe
allegiance to a foreign government and/or who may intend harm to the U.S.

http://www.adversity.net/Terms_Definitions/TE ...

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#16 Apr 6, 2013
American girl wrote:
Everyone here has broken the law one time or the other.

Im sure you have went over the speed limit.

Maybe we need to call you convict.
You don't get deported for driving over the speed limit!

*Unless you're an illegal alien!

LOL!!!

Hint: Watch your speed!
Memo From Turner

Miami, FL

#18 Apr 6, 2013
Cricket 23 wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't get deported for driving over the speed limit!
*Unless you're an illegal alien!
LOL!!!
Hint: Watch your speed!
That makes no sense at all.

At least you are consistent.
Dee Dee Dee

Emmaus, PA

#19 Apr 6, 2013
American girl wrote:
Everyone here has broken the law one time or the other. Im sure you have went over the speed limit.Maybe we need to call you convict.
But everybody does not cry racist and demand amnesty when they are caught speeding.
F.Y.I. I have never had a moving violation in over 35 years and 1 million miles of driving.
Dee Dee Dee

Emmaus, PA

#20 Apr 6, 2013
Cricket 23 wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't get deported for driving over the speed limit!
*Unless you're an illegal alien!
LOL!!!
Hint: Watch your speed!
I hate to disagree with you but if illegal aliens actually were deported for speeding we would not be having this discussion.

Hint: If you want to get away with breaking any law you want make sure you are here illegally.

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#22 Apr 8, 2013
Memo From Turner wrote:
<quoted text>
That makes no sense at all.
At least you are consistent.
Well when was the last time an American citizen was deported for driving over the speed limit!

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