April 3, 2013, - 10:28 am

Is Anyone Surprised that AP Dropped “Illegal Immigrant” From Its Stylebook (Back in October)?

By Debbie Schlussel

While I was away for the end of Passover, yesterday, I received a number of e-mails from friends and readers about Associated Press’ decision to drop the term, “illegal immigrant,” from its stylebook. But ask yourself, when was the last time you saw any AP story . . . or any story from any mainstream news media outlet, using the term, “illegal immigrant”?


I can’t remember seeing that term used in years. Even AP officially said, back in October, that it would rarely use the term. Most media outlets use the term “undocumented worker” (as if they are all workers contributing something to America, and that’s hardly the case), or some other politically-correct, bias-laden term. Heck, even the term, “illegal immigrant,” is politically correct. They aren’t immigrants and shouldn’t be. They are aliens, invaders, interlopers, infiltrators . . . all of whom should be deported.

And even the false hero of the right, FOX News Channel, supports illegal alien amnesty. That’s the official position of the Channel’s chief and owner, Rupert Murdoch, and he started a push for amnesty, as I’ve noted on this site. Plus his studios released “Machete,” a pro-illegal alien movie (and will release its sequel, too). But you didn’t and won’t hear a peep about any of that from Michelle Malkin and all the other paid FOX News faux-conservatives who claim to be against open borders and will whine about Associated Press’ move, which was just making official the political correctness in which AP’s been engaging for years. For them, it’s “no dolla, no holla,” and they know on which side their bread is buttered. Unlike these underhanded FOX Newsers, at least AP is open and honest about what it is doing.

By the way, you, too, can write in the deliberately ignorant, politically correct style of AP. The AP stylebook has an app.

By the way, Jay Leno has the best solution to this. In his monologue, last night, he said, “They will now use the term ‘undocumented Democrat.'”

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18 Responses

“No dolla no holla.” hehe

“Undocumented Democrats.” That’s what I’ve been using for awhile now. If the shoe fits…

Wild Jew man on April 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

All Propaganda has surprised no one. They have learned the lessons of Joseph Goebbels – “If one name, one word, one sentence does not bring the desired results, change them.” AP is considering other changes also, in order not to “Offend” anyone. Bank robbery will me called, “Unauthorised withdrawal.” Has a nice ring to it. Arson will be called, “Ultimate barbecueing.” Bring your own hamburgers and hot dogs. Murder will be called, “Early life termination.” The possibilities are endless. The prime example of what I call “Goebbels-isms” are the continually “Evolving” terms used to describe homosexual marriage,” which is an oxymoron in itself. Homosexual “Mariage” became “Gay marriage” which became “Marriage equality” which became a “Civil right.” The disarming of America through “Gun control” has morphed into “Gun safety” After all, who can be against gun safety? I predicted way back that the “Control” would come through “Ammunition control” as opposed to actual gun control. After all, no gasoline means no driving. Remember, “The TRUTH shall set ye free.” Today, you have to wade through the lies and distortions to reach the tuth……and IF you speak the truth, as did Dr. Carson, you must be destroyed – Especially if you dared to get off the plantation!

Victoryman on April 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

Actually the correct term is illegal alien. All persons under immigration law are either American citizens or nationals, or aliens. Aliens can be either lawfully present, or legal, or unlawfully present, or illegal. So, if an alien is unlawfully present, they are illegal aliens. Illegal alien is actually the term used by the legacy INS for illegal aliens.

All aliens when they apply for admission to the United States at a Port-of-Entry are considered immigrants, until they prove that their intention is not to be an immigrant or they present an immigrant visa.

Consequently, the term illegal immigrant is accurate, but not the most accurate term since most illegal aliens are not inspected at a Port-of-Entry and enter without inspection.

Federale on April 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

I have been thinking more and more of the 1936 Constitution of the Soviet Union (sic). On paper it was a very democratic and enlightened document, but as many readers know, it was developed and released right in the middle of the savage purges that killed close to a million innocent people.

Although the origins of our own constitution were nothing like that, there is a developing similarity, to the extent that neither document is observed in practice the way the text mandates. Free speech, the right to bear arms, secure borders? Rule of law? We have a long way to go before our constitution is just window dressing for an authoritarian government, but we are certainly heading in that direction, and if present trends continue, or constitution will have as much relevance to the actual day-to-day situation in the U.S. as the Soviet constitution did to developments in the so-called Soviet Union.

Little Al on April 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

No,not surprised.

ebayer on April 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

I’ll be using illegal alien as much as possible and with ZERO shame.

Just love this new addition to the Newspeak dictionary. The only dictionary that gets smaller as the years pile on.

My favourite bit of FRAUD NEWS (PAWNN) hypocrisy right now is that splotchy fraud Bill O’Reilly calling those against gay “marriage” “bible thumpers”. That falafilist-loofah head is currently in a boiling hot custody battle with his since re-married ex-wife. He wants his 15 years marriage annulled by the Catholic Church and his ex-wife excommunicated by the CC.

As I always say, I’m staying for the fight but I’m discouraged. Too many so-called “Conservatives” still count on Fraud News (PAWNN) as a source that is in their corner. This site proves you can know more than the average bear and not use Fraud News.

And I see some Conservatives are actually supporting Mark Sanford. We are in HUGE trouble.

Skunky on April 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm


    The Left has done a great job in destroying the word “conservative.” AND…so, of course, has Fox News.

    Note that O’Reilly showing his hand re gay marriage is an example of Catholic Apologist Vin Lewis’ tenet that because of an apparent deal between God and Satan, those on the wrong side are compelled to reveal themselves.

    Red Ryder on April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      I agree, RR. It just further proves Libtards are duplicitous and the “Conservatives” are nothing like the believed, pseudo-meme the Libtards have constructed (“evil”, “raaaaacist”, “Control Freaks”, etc…). To the detriment of ALL living things.

      I think Leprechaun-Loofah-Falafel is taking a tack that is similar to his easy-to-see-thru’ Obama-Putin tack…he doesn’t wanna be seen as (insert word) and sees the winds of change are being forced a certain way so to keep his lucrative Fraud News (PAWNN) spot, he will side with the wrong side. He’s a fraud!

      He absolutely makes me retch. He’s an unstable nutter who is also a misogynist (I do not say this in a feminist vain…just in a pure he sees women as lower than he is vain). And to think I bought the crap he was slinging in “Who’s Looking Out For You”? I knew he was a hypocrite since 2004 when he talked to the big-chested producer AM like a perverted pervo in heat.

      Skunky on April 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I too have been using the term “illegal immigration”. I apologize for that. From now on I will use one of the following terms–aliens, invaders, interlopers, or infiltrators–to properly describe them. And I hope that they are offended enough so that they self-deport themselves back to whatever country that they came from.

JeffE on April 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Another apt term is “crim-aliens” because they are actually criminal aliens.

One can understand a NORK trying to sneak into China (or South Korea) but I still contend that IF you sneak into a country illegally you do NOT love that country. And the actions of many crim-aliens have shown that they do NOT love America but will suck the host dry like a rabid parasite. That’s pretty offensive on it’s own never mind sneaking in here illegally!

Skunky on April 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm

The AP, Always Pathetic.

JeffT on April 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Skunky, Rush being a Bible thumper is news to me. Except maybe in the early 90s, I’ve never noticed him being a ‘Christian’ Broadcaster in the way some others are. O’Reilly is welcome to his views, but should get it right.

Victoryman, All Propaganda is a good name for AP. And I agree that Illegal Alien is correct, not undocumented worker, as if all there is is some bureaucracy coming b/w them and the ostentatious right to immigrate to the West.

Infidel on April 4, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Infidel, I agree about Rush but I think Rush (who, rightly, doesn’t like Leprechaun-Loofah-Falafelist) is just piling on because it’s fun (and a prime opportunity) to bash the fraudulent POS (who is so easy to see thru’).

    It’s true there is dislike between them (even thou’ O’Reilly is trying to deny it, LOL). Rush openly calls the pervo fraud “Ted Baxter”. O’Reilly knows the power Rush has so he is trying to act like there is nothing to the “feud”. LOL. O’Reilly thinks just because HE doesn’t address certain things (like his pervo sexual harassment past) EVERYONE ELSE is gonna be dismissing it too.

    Not bloody likely, Loofah-Falafel-Leprechaun. Nasty, old, pervo fraud!

    Skunky on April 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Those in the business of apprehending illegal aliens, when allowed, still call them “wets” or “tonks”. Those terms will never change unlike how black youths now being called “urban youths”.

Old Patrol on April 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    You stand corrected. In the Peoples Republic of California, and the rest of the land that is being, and continues to be invaded on an hourly basis, enabled by whore politicians/corporations, by the modern-day barbarians, the term is “Well Intentioned Misguided Urban Youths.” It is a term typically used by persons that suffer from White Liberal Guilt.

    The propaganda outlets here [media], and almost worldwide, only describes an alleged perpetrator of a crime if they are white. Any other race is described as a “juvenile, “male” or a “female,” or well intentioned urban youth. In Oakland, California, LA California and SF, the justification for all of the heinous crimes is because the are victims of racist society, have no recreational activities and live in impoverished conditions.

    Not only do the politicians want to legalize 30-50 million illegal aliens, the Gang Bang 8 wants to bring in a million per year on work visas. This does not include the millions on H-1 visas, or the millions more that can seek amnesty if they simply say they are a crime victim. Don’t worry, irrespective of where you live, an MS-13 gang member, or cartel, is surely plying their respective trades in your community. The last count of the mega gang is 30 thousand strong; but according the Marxists, they are just here to work….

    The soup de jour was when I was at a government office and these two illegals, soon to be legal, that happened to be employed by the government agency, had the nerve to ask me for my ID. This is happening more frequently. I always have to produce my ID but illegals are not required to do so in schools, seeking medical treatment, jobs, utility companies, government, etc. If you doubt what I say, go down to any SSA office or DMV.

    The US population will be a billion in no time at all and it is already has turned into a third world piss pot. It is just a matter of time.

    AR on April 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Here in OZ, they were refered to as “boat people” .A name from the late veitnam war days when veitnamese refugees would build a boat and pretend to go fishing,only to sail down to Australia.They were welcomed,both for their resoursefulness but also their courage .It was a wise decision as most proved to be very hard workers and an asset to our society. (only spoiled by the drug dealing habits of their OZ born grandchildren) .
The name boat people has now come to mean bludging types from Sri Lanka who pay people smugglers to carry them from thier homeland to Christmas Island where they attempt to claim refugee status under the UN charter. Christmas island is no longer OZ territory because of this. So many come that it is playing havoc with the Australian economy and these guys (nearly all are men ) are actually economic refugees from Dubai where they were working as laborers before that countries massive monetary collapse. ( Google Mannis Island )
Then we have the afghans and Iraqis who arrive from indonesia on boats . They fly to indonesia from Afghanistan or where ever,pay a people smuggler up to $20,000 each to get on boat and attempt to reach Australia by see. A lot of the money is paid to the indonesian military,only too happy to assist fellow Muslims. If they make the mistake of heading to Malaysia first,they stay there only to languish in concentration camps for years. They are politely known now as “assylum seekers”

So now with a sociological disaster staring us in the face they have added a new term to our lexicon..
Irregular arrivals

Aron B on April 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

From now on ILLEGAL ALIENS will be referred to as
“Undocumented Democratic Voters”.
No surprise that the Liberal Media are Communists, Muslims and all the other anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semites and anti everything else that does not agree with THEM.

Robert A. on April 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

An blatant example of the power of language and how control of the language can control to tone and direction of a fight. By change the use of the words used, you change the image or tone. You make it sound beign or non-threatening; it becomes almost as if it’s all a big misunderstanding. This, in turn, changes the direction of argument. Now, we’re simply talking about a missing piece of paper not breaking the law; not wilful intent to deceive or lie.Now we’re talking as if they were invited, not theft by deception of taxpayer based services. AP and others like them who chose to play games with words like this are guilty as accomplacies of lying to the American People.

Paul on April 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

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