Accuracy in Media

Associated Press Labels Illegal Immigrants ‘Undocumented Citizens’

The Associated Press which in 2013 revised its Stylebook by banning the term “illegal immigrant” went one step further in an article it published on Tuesday by referring to illegal immigrant students affected by President Trump’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as “undocumented citizens.” The story reported on Democratic Chicago Mayor […]

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USA Today Changing Use of “Illegal Immigrant”

Following last week’s announcement that the Associated Press was adjusting its Stylebook and dropping the use of the term “illegal immigrant,” USA Today issued a memo last night that largely followed the AP’s example. From: Coon, William Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:16 PM To: USAT ED Virginia Staff; USAT ED Field Staff Subject: Change […]

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PC Watch: Associated Press Drops “Illegal Immigrant”

The Associated Press announced yesterday that they are changing how they are going to describe people living in a country illegally and will no longer sanction the use of the words “illegal immigrant” or “illegal” to describe such a person. The word “illegal” can now only be used to describe an action, according to Senior […]

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Society of Professional Journalists Says “No Mas” to Term “Illegal Alien”

The Society of Professional Journalists voted this week to impose even more political correctness when they passed a resolution to urge newsrooms to drop the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant,” saying that only courts can decide when a person has committed an illegal act. Last year SPJ Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence suggested that […]

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September 2017

9/8/2017 - Associated Press Labels Illegal Immigrants ‘Undocumented Citizens’

February 2016

2/24/2016 - U.S. Expects More Illegal Immigrant Children to Come Across the Border

April 2013

4/11/2013 - USA Today Changing Use of “Illegal Immigrant”

4/3/2013 - PC Watch: Associated Press Drops “Illegal Immigrant”

September 2011

9/30/2011 - Society of Professional Journalists Says “No Mas” to Term “Illegal Alien”