AP Stylebook Changes – ‘Illegal Immigrant’ No More

The Associated Press on April 2 announced it was making a significant change in how people who live in a country without the proper legal documents should be described.

The AP Stylebook is one of the primary references for the media and publishing industry, so its decision to no longer support the term “illegal immigrant” or “illegal” to describe a person is significant, especially to those calling for immigration legislation reform.

The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.

Check out the blog post by Kathleen Carroll, AP senior vice president and executive editor, in which she explains the reasons for the change.