Associated Press Removes the Term ‘Illegal Immigrants’ from its Lexicon–Draws Inevitable Conservative Blowback


By Matthew Fleischer Comment

The term “illegal immigrant” will no longer be used in Associated Press stories–nor will it appear in its much-copied style book. In a blog post yesterday, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”

The decision, of course, has drawn conservative outrage.

Do we even have to mention what network has been up in arms all day today?

#NewAPStyle is also now a thing on Twitter.

Then there’s this:

No, he doesn’t actually. Orwell was about precision in language and calling things what they are. Human beings are not illegal. Their actions are. Orwell wouldn’t be weeping for anything other than the state of today’s political discourse.