Thursday, April 4, 2013

Illegal Immigrant...NO MAS!!

Whether it was because of pressure, fear of being the next "Republican party" or divine intervention - the Associated Press' (AP) changed its philosophy in describing people who are living in the United States without the proper documentation.
 Human beings are not illegal. Actions are illegal.

The use of "illegal immigrant" is not only inaccurate and disrespectful, but a propaganda tool used to dehumanize a group of people and instill fear in the general population in order to establish policy.
Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll announced on Tuesday that AP will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant."
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) applauds the AP for dropping the term illegal immigrant. Here is NAHJ's complete statement:

On the day that the Associated Press (AP) announced that it was dropping the term “illegal immigrant”, The New York Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan said the paper is reconsidering its position on the term.


What heart wrenching, mind twisting debate is there to be had at The New York Times about a term that is inaccurate and demeaning?
Here's an Op-Ed article calling on The Times to.....get with the times:
Este es una entrevista con la cadena MundoFox sobre el termino "inmigrante illegal:

NAHJ has urged for years that media organizations use the term undocumented immigrant or undocumented worker.

I spoke with students at the  Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication about the AP's stylebook change and what that action means moving forward.

"Esos títulos son denigrantes, no sólo son inexactos e irrespetuosos, sino una herramienta de propaganda...

Here's an interview with Rob Sachs from The Voice Of Russia radio show:

I wrote about this controversial debate just before the November election:

Here's an op-ed I wrote for CT Latino News (also picked up by the Hartford Courant):

An Op-Ed for the Seattle Times:

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