Take Two for April 3, 2013

AP Stylebook: 'Illegal immigrant' no longer 'legal' for news media

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.

According to the Associated Press, the term illegal immigrant is no longer, well, legal. At least not for newsmedia. The AP, considered to be the guide for many news organizations, is dropping the word altogether.

That term has long been controversial in the political debate over immigration and in the media that cover it. Here to discuss this change is KPCC's Multi-American blogger Leslie Berestein-Rojas.


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