AP Stylebook Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’

Users of the AP Stylebook will now be told no longer to use the term “illegal immigrant” because it does not want to encourage “labeling people.” According to the AP’s executive editor, people should not be described as illegal; rather, only behavior and actions should be described as such.

The Stylebook will now instruct journalists to describe them as “living in the country illegally” or “immigrating to a country illegally.” Children who were brought over illegally by their parents, according to the AP, should be described as having “temporary resident status” under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was implemented last year. 

The Stylebook also tells journalists to specify how someone entered a country illegally (“Crossed the border? Overstayed a visa?”) and from where.

Previously, the AP had dropped the term “undocumented immigrant” because while an immigrant may not have the necessary documents to be in a country legally, they may have other documents in their possession.

Via Dylan Byers.