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Drop the I-Word Friend: The Daily Pennslyvanian

"As we pointed out a few weeks ago , usage of the i-word by the largest newspapers in the country has been steadily growing in recent months. So imagine our surprise when today we read two articles from The Daily Pennsylvanian about immigrants that did not use the i-word. In the article an...

Conn. pubs drop the I-Word

"We took an overdue step at the New Haven Register , Middletown Press and Register Citizen on Thursday and instructed reporters and editors to stop using the terms “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigrants.” We’ll use the term “undocumented immigrants”...

Memo to Journalists / Editors: Drop the I-Word

"The U.S. Supreme Court has come a long way since former Chief Justice William Rehnquist referred to undocumented immigrants as "wetbacks." In an opinion earlier this year on another Arizona immigration law, Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. knowingly used the terms, "unauthorized aliens"...

Editor's Corner: If 'Unauthorized' is Good Enough for the Supreme Court...

Charles Garcia says the phrase "illegal immigrant" is a slur . Ruben Navarrette disagrees . The Supreme Court and I take a different tack altogether. In Arizona et al. v. United States , the majority opinion consistently uses the term "unauthorized" to modify the words "alien...

Immigration Egregore: The "Illegal Immigrant" Slur

"I join the fray and ask: Is illegal immigrant a " stinking rose ?" Is it an ad hominem attack on Latinos like the now quaint but still non-PC terms, "d-a-g-o"* or "wop," or "paddy" or "mick," used to slime earlier immigrants of Italian or Irish...

The Grey Lady Waffles on Use of the I-Word

"On Tuesday, The New York Times updated its policies on how it uses the phrase “illegal immigrant” in its coverage. The newspaper did not go as far as The Associated Press, and it will continue to allow the phrase to be used for “someone who enters, lives in or works in the United...

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said Friday...

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in US custody—has brought more and more shelters...

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians, social workers, and the nation as a whole." ...