On Monday, Campus Reform reported that the undergraduate student government at the University of California in Los Angeles is set to ban the phrase "illegal immigrant," claiming it violates human rights guaranteed in the Constitution.
“The racially derogatory I-word endangers basic human rights including the presumption of innocence and the right to due process guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution,” read the resolution passed by the students.
According to Katherine Timpf, the resolution came in response to concerns from undocumented students over the appointment of former Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano as the new president of the University of California.
"The resolution," Timpf added, "was also presented as a means for improving campus safety."
“Racially derogatory language… has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial profiling practices, punitive policies targeting socially marginalized groups, hate crimes and violence,” the resolution said.
It's not the first time the phrase has come under fire.
In August 2011, we reported that immigration attorney Susan Church called the phrase a "misnomer of Fox News," claiming that immigrants who come into the country illegally are committing a "civil violation."
In April 2012, Moveon.org posted a video that claimed calling illegal immigrants "illegal" fits the definition of a hate crime and called for the word to be banned when used in the context of immigration.
A campaign called "Drop the I-Word" seeks to remove the word from the English language, claiming it engenders racial profiling.
"The i-word opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration," the site says.
Several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Seattle Times have reportedly quit using the phrase when discussing illegal immigration. The Los Angeles Times and the Denver Post have also reportedly stopped using the phrase.
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