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October 19, 2012
AP memo clarifies how to use the phrase ‘illegal immigrant’
Speaking of terminology, the Associated Press, which as been at the center of the debate of how undocumented immigrants should properly be referred to by the press, has released a memorandum on use of the phrase "illegal immigrant." I am not sure how satisfying the elaboration is but you be the judge. Here is the punch line:
"The debate over whether or not to use `illegal immigrant' will continue. The best thing news organizations can do is have conversations amongst themselves — and perhaps with their audiences as well — about whether they should use it, when and why."
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