FishbowlLA reports that the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the largest national organizations representing members of the media, adopted a resolution this week recommending that newsrooms abandon the use of "illegal immigrant" and "illegal alien."
According to Fishbowl and The Maynard Institute, Texas journalist and SPJ member Rebecca Aguilar testified before the vote as to how her naturalized citizen mother "felt insulted" whenever she heard the "illegal" term. Aguilar is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which has long supported the use of "undocumented" versus "illegal."
More recently, the social justice advocacy magazine ColorLines has been behind a similar campaign aimed at media, called "Drop the I-Word." The use of "illegal immigrant" is sanctioned in the Association Press Stylebook, however, used as a style guide by most mainstream U.S. media outlets. From the SPJ resolution: