There has long been debate about the term "illegal immigrant."
Some immigrant activists believe the term unfairly demonizes undocumented immigrants, though the term is still commonly used by news organizations.
On Tuesday, however, one of the world's biggest news organizations said it would stop using "illegal immigrants."
In a blog post, Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explained:
The stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.
Why did we make the change?
The discussions on this topic have been wide-ranging and include many people from many walks of life. (Earlier, they led us to reject descriptions such as “undocumented,” despite ardent support from some quarters, because it is not precise. A person may have plenty of documents, just not the ones required for legal residence.)