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    L.A. Times outdoes even the language police — tosses “illegal immigrant” and “undocumented immigrant”

    L.A. Times outdoes even the language police — tosses “illegal immigrant” and “undocumented immigrant”

    I knew we lost “illegal immigrant” and “illegal immigration” to the language police.

    The preferred and completely politically correct substitute term was supposed to be “undocumented immigrant.”

    Even Colorlines, the group pushing the claim that “illegal immigrant” is racist, used the term “undocumented immigrant” in a recent story:

    Hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been deported back to their country of origin by hospitals seeking to curb high costs. According to a recent report compiled by immigrant advocacy groups at least 600 immigrants were removed over a five-year period because they were ineligible for public insurance as a result of their immigration status.

    But the L.A. Times is going beyond even Colorlines, and will no longer use “undocumented immigrant.”

    L.A. Times updates guidelines for covering immigration (h/t @mlcaderone)

    The Los Angeles Times has announced new guidelines for covering immigration.

    The goal is to “provide relevance and context and to avoid labels.”

    That means stories will no longer refer to individuals as “illegal immigrants” or “undocumented immigrants,” but instead will describe a person’s circumstances.

    A memo from The Times’ Standards and Practices Committee announcing the change explains the move away from labels:

    ” ‘Illegal immigrants’ is overly broad and does not accurately apply in every situation. The alternative suggested by the 1995 guidelines, ‘undocumented immigrants,’ similarly falls short of our goal of precision. It is also untrue in many cases, as with immigrants who possess passports or other documentation but lack valid visas.”


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    Helen | May 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

    That’s weird. I was on a plane yesterday, coming from Phoenix to Denver, and a young woman got on the plane with a t-shirt which said “I am Undocumented”….guess she didn’t get the message. Brazen, yes, wish I’d taken a pic for the good professor.

    Anchovy | May 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Geographically challenged?

    Vtaflyer | May 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    How about “non-legal immigrant”?

    vulgorilla | May 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    How about “Not Supposed to be here, law breaking immigrant”?

    MicahStone | May 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    The leftists at the LA Times are well behind other MSM leftist propagandists. For example, in both of Arizona’s d-cRAT socialist papers (the Tucson Daily Star – better known as the Daily Insult – and the Phoenix Arizona Republic – better known as the Arizona Repugnant) the only term used for ILLEGAL immigrant criminals is “MIGRANT.”

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