Take Two for October 24, 2012

POLL: Media companies debate the use of the term 'illegal immigrant'

Immigration Activists Demonstrate In Los Angeles

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Students wearing t-shirts during a demonstration by immigrant student for an end to deportations and urge relief by governmental agencies for those in deportation proceedings on June 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. In a policy change, the Obama administration said it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

Is it “illegal immigrant” or “undocumented immigrant”?

The choice to use one of these terms to describe the same person has been called a political act by some, but news organizations like the AP and the New York Times stand by the choice to use “illegal immigrant.”

Take Two examines what’s at stake in the fight over a word.


Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, founder of the site Define American, and an undocumented immigrant, and Julia Preston, immigration reporter for The New York Times.

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