The AP tells writers NOT to use the term "illegal immigrant" because the AP does not want to encourage "labeling people." According to the AP's executive editor, people should not be described as illegal. Journalists should describe them as "living in the country illegally" or "immigrating to a country illegally." Children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, according to the AP, should be described as having "temporary resident status" under the government program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The AP also frowns on "undocumented immigrant" because an immigrant may be illegally in our country, but may have a pocketful of fake documents in his pockets. I think the term illegal alien is more accurate and descriptive. Michelle Malkin has a humorous article about the AP word changes. She criticizes the journalists who pose as neutral news-gatherers while carrying out a blatantly leftwing agenda. Malkin says she will hereafter refer to them as "alleged practitioners of journalism."
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