Associated Press officially drops ‘illegal immigrant’ from Stylebook; Updated

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All hail political correctness!

BREAKING: Associated Press (@ap) Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’ From Stylebook

— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 2, 2013

AP Style tip: @ap no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant.” Here’s why:

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2013

The AP has announced on its blog that it no longer sanctions the use of the term “illegal immigrant” to describe immigrants who are in this country illegally. No, really:

AP Stylebook illegal immigrants

Note: AP doesn’t even consider the more legally precise term “illegal alien.” Its focus was the already-inaccurate “illegal immigrant.”

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) April 2, 2013


So there are legal immigrants and the other kind.

— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) April 2, 2013

So the @ap has defined exactly what illegal immigration is and then goes on to say, but you can only use that when describing the ‘act’.

— LilMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) April 2, 2013

sub-legal immigrants. #NewAPGuidelines

— El SOOPer!! (@SooperMexican) April 2, 2013

“‘Stalker’ is now to be ‘Person who really just wants to be loved, and that’s okay.’” #NewAPStyle

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) April 2, 2013

Wut? The act of being here illegally as an immigrant is as you said “an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”

— LilMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) April 2, 2013

“Grand Theft Auto (GTA)” is now “Permanently Borrowed Without Asking (PBWA)” #NewAPStyle

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) April 2, 2013

Why use two words when 17 will do? #APprotips

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) April 2, 2013

So, the AP has decided “illegal immigrant” is banned. Good thing I don’t write for the AP.

— Aaron Gardner (@Aaron_RS) April 2, 2013

According to AP, my kid is no longer lazy. He just subscribes to a slothful lifestyle.

— Debbie M. (@mosesmosesmoses) April 2, 2013

@sonnybunch Murderer is out. The term “accused of unlawfully ceasing the life of another” preferred. #NewAPStyle

— Miké (@ThePantau) April 2, 2013

Refrain from the word “debt”. Instead say “monetary sum owed due to financing of super-awesome programs” #NewAPGuidelines

— Sunny (@sunnyright) April 2, 2013

No more “illegal immigrant” use. So we’re at the point where “pro-law enforcement” means “anti-immigrant bigot.” #tcot

— Razor (@hale_razor) April 2, 2013

So is a person still a felon or are their acts felonious? Where does this go?

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) April 2, 2013

Are you an illegal immigrant? The AP would not like to speak with you.

— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) April 2, 2013

Welcome to the wonderful world of “real journalism,” folks.



Hey, why stop with the Associated Press? There’s so much more PC potential!

We did it, folks! AP dropped ‘illegal immigrant.’ Now it’s your move @nytimes

— Cristina Costantini (@xtinatini) April 2, 2013

You’re next, @nytimes, @latimes, @washingtonpost, @wsj. No human being is illegal. cc @ap @defineamerican

— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) April 2, 2013

Looks like more “nuanced” reporting could be on its way:

NYT standards editor says they’ve “been discussing some possible revisions in our guidance” on using terms like “illegal immigrant.”

— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) April 2, 2013

On “illegal immigrants”: I’m told that @nytimes is also working on revisions to its usage guidelines to “provide more nuance and options.”

— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) April 2, 2013

Nothing would make the SEIU happier:

#TimeIsNow RT @32bj_seiu: ‘Illegal immigrant’ no more! A welcome & overdue decision by @ap. @nytimes next? #CIR

— SEIU (@SEIU) April 2, 2013



Such utter lame-itude from the AP warrants major mockery. Fortunately, snarky Twitterers delivered. Enjoy!


Editor’s note: The original title contained a typographical error. It has since been corrected.

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