The Associated Press makes public a staff newsletter to “clear up some misunderstandings” about its use of “illegal immigrant.”
The first thing to note is that “illegal immigrant” is not the only term we use. …What about the cases where we do write “illegal immigrants”? Why not say “undocumented immigrants” or “unauthorized immigrants,” as some advocates would have it?
To us, these terms obscure the essential fact that such people are here in violation of the law. It’s simply a legal reality.