On December 28, The Blaze reported that according to the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the term “illegal immigrant” is offensive to Latinos. They are calling on all news organizations to drop the term from their news coverage in an effort to “inform and sensitize” people on how “offensive” the phrase is to Latinos.
Leo Lawrence of the Quill, Diversity Committee, said “that individuals living in America without approval should be called undocumented workers or undocumented immigrants.” SPJ Diversity Committee chairman George Daniels said, “This is not about being politically correct but about aiming to minimize harm when reporting.”
Despite the push from the SPJ, the Associated Press will stay with its established guidelines surrounding the use of the term “illegal immigrants” saying, in part, “Together, the terms describe a person who resides in a country unlawfully by residency or citizenship requirements. Alternatives like undocumented worker, illegal alien or illegal’s lack precision or may have negative connotations. Illegal immigrant, on the other hand, is accurate and neutral for news stories.”
Contrary to what they say, the SPJ’s quest is not to “inform and sensitize” rather it is to “mislead and desensitize.” By insisting we no longer use the term illegal immigrant, they are, in essence, attempting to de-criminalize a criminal act.
For more on this topic:
The Blaze: www.theblaze.com
SPJ; stop calling them illegal: www.aim.org