By Lawrence Downes, Taking Note blog, New York Times
April 4, 2013
The Associated Press has changed its stylebook entry on the term “illegal immigrant.” It now reads, in part:
“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.”
The new usage should quickly become apparent to readers of the thousands of newspapers and news web sites that follow, or try to follow, the AP’s rules.
Advocates for immigrants are celebrating the change. They hate the phrase.[...]
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