So states the title of a CNN guest opinion piece this morning, written by Latino marketing guru Charles Garcia. While making clear that he believes it is, Garcia points out something interesting about the language in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision regarding SB 1070, Arizona's 2010 anti-illegal immigration law, one provision of which was upheld by the court.
The debate over the use of "illegal" in news media is a long-running one, with the Associated Press continuing to embrace "illegal immigrant" in its stylebook while immigrant advocates, some professional journalists' organizations and others opt for "undocumented." The term "unauthorized," often used in research and academia, has also gained favor. From the piece: