The ongoing conversation over what to call immigrants who illegally arrived here or overstayed visas took a weird turn yesterday, when a Fox News host compared unauthorized immigration to unauthorized sex, as in rape.
Megyn Kelly made the rape comment during a segment on the use of "illegal" versus "undocumented," as suggested by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the subject of a recent opinion piece published on the website of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Talking Points Memo had the following transcript:
"You could say that a burglar is an unauthorized visitor. You know, you could say that a rapist is a non-consensual sex partner which, obviously, would be considered offensive to the victims of those crimes," Kelly said. "So how far could you take this?"
"What if there was a push by the criminal defense... bar to re-brand the use of the word rapist to nonconsensual sex partner?"
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"Illegal immigrant" continues to be the preferred Associated Press style term used by most mainstream media outlets.