Journalists now consider term “illegal immigrant” to be offensive

| Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | |

by Van Helsing

Journalists are advised to update their Newspeak dictionaries at once. Illegal immigrants are no longer to be called "illegal immigrants."

The Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ)'s Diversity Committee has announced that it will be launching a year-long campaign to educate journalists about the hurtfulness of phrases like "illegal immigrant," which is the term currently preferred by the influential AP Stylebook.

The label "remains offensive to Latinos, and especially Mexicans, and to the fundamentals of American jurisprudence," wrote Leo E. Laurence, a member of the SPJ Diversity Committee and the editor the San Diego News Service.

Since illegal immigrants are in fact illegal, pretending otherwise is deliberately misleading advocacy — not that we should expect anything else from the liberal journalism establishment.



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