AP drops use of ‘illegal’ for immigrants without legal status

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:30 pm

The Associated Press announced Tuesday it is dropping the term illegal immigrant from its style guide to describe people who have entered the U.S. illegally or are overstaying a visa.

A blog post by AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said, “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.”

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  • Dave Francis posted at 3:22 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    DFrancis Posts: 9


    The forewarning bell must ring out, that the borders are not only unsafe for the Border Patrol, but for county sheriffs, town people, ranchers and land owners who live along the border region and live in danger every day; some of these regions either the South side or in our nation are being controlled by the drug cartels. The border fence remains an anomaly, because this administration continues the crowing from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the left wing press that the border is secure. If it wasn’t such a mind anesthetizing lie, it would be laughable when the border is not anywhere near safe? That it stretches on for miles with nothing to separate the United States from Mexico, but some old lengths of rusty barbed wire. If you tend to be are interested in the truth about the Southern border, you can see actual aerial photographs showing where the politicians have been misled, given a deliberate tour of the border fence where it exhibits it strongest points, but few politicians ever venture out of the area and so remain ignorant; never seeing outside of the towering fence barriers in heavy population areas. The American Patrol group has done extensive surveys of the regions where there is non-existence border fence. Video and picture displays the fence where it’s very prominent in heavily populace sectors, but outside these confines it dwindles mostly to nothing.


    The2006 Secure fence as originally planned for most of the U.S. border is most visible in San Diego, California and that’s it? Just 15 miles erected as a physical deterrent, decorated with cruel concertina barbs and erected as two fences right down into the sea. In actual fact its two parallel barriers that according to records is completing an exception job, of inhibiting thousands of poverty stricken illegal aliens, criminal elements slipping into California. Janet Napolitano can say what she will about the so called great fence built through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, as “Free Speech” is allowed at this present time, but people are currently beginning to wonder why the Obama Administration is buying up tons of guns and bullets literary. Anyway--don’t take my word for anything that I enumerate, but judge for your selves by going to the American Patrol website.

    America has a choice, which they can keep paying hundreds of billions of dollars to support the illegal alien invasion annually; a free ride for the illegal parents of children, which should only go to true citizens and residents with green cards. It’s obscuring the true fact, that slavery was the instigator of the 14th Amendment law, NOT crafted to give the progeny of illegal parent’s citizenship, for all their babies. THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW WAS MEANT FOR THE DECENDANTS OF THE SLAVE TRADE IN THE 19TH CENTURY. This is a trillion dollar party package that has been going on for generations in pandering to potential undocumented Liberals and Democrats and thus finally destroying the wealth of America; a free giveaway in this rising welfare country. Never has there been a president that has given away food stamps in massive quantities, whether you are here legally or not? America is turning soft, where if you don’t want to work this administration will accommodate you as a “Freeloader.” Not just illegal aliens either, but citizens/legal residence as well? Our only possible chance to alleviate this drain on America’s prosperity is for Washington to issue a NATIONAL ID CARD. IT’S PURPOSE TO IDENTIFY THE POSSESSOR AND ITS USAGE TO VERIFY YOU AS A LEGAL INDIVIDUAL, STOP VOTER FRAUD, ID THEFT AND APPLYING FOR A GUN PERMIT. THE COST WOULD BE LIKE PENNIES, TO THE DOLLARS SPENT ON SO MANY OTHER PITIFUL IMPEDIMENTS?

    Reports indicate that since Senator John McCain’s “Gang of Eight” restarted their latest push for amnesty, illegal border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. have more than doubled. It appears those entering the country illegally want to be sure they are here in case a blanket amnesty pronouncement is issued. As a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who spoke on condition of anonymity made clear, a number of those entering the country illegally are doing so to escape jail time or persecution in their own country: “We’ve seen the number of illegal aliens double, maybe even triple since amnesty talks started happening. [And] a lot of these people, although not the majority, are criminals or aggravated felons.” Making matters worse, Border Patrol Agents currently face hour and pay reductions which Obama is blaming on the sequester cuts he signed into law in August 2011. This means there is less and less chance of catching illegal aliens as they cross over. Therefore, at the very time Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-FL), Michael Bennett (D-Col.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are pushing for a path to citizenship is, our border is becoming more and more porous, and everyone who can get here illegally is doing it.
    Checking Amnesty Applications Would Cost $20 Billion By Stephen Frank on 04/02/2013 from the California Reports and Review website:

    It costs a lot of tax dollars to allow criminals to stay in this country “legally”. Currently, just in California it costs government at all levels over $20 billion. That includes the cost of free cell phones, free health care and education, housing vouchers and the cost of jobs honest Californians cannot get. Oh, the amnesty to allow the criminals from foreign nations to stay here will cost $20 billion and give them pardons from crimes like fraud, lying on applications and other criminal acts that would put us in jail.
    “Total USCIS fees, thus would have a range of $917 for the most straightforward cases to $2,612 for the most time-consuming cases. The medical examination fee, and perhaps some other agency fees, will be in addition to the range noted above, as would, in many cases, moneys used to compensate for non-payment of income taxes in the past.
    Given the huge financial (as well as peace of mind) benefits amnesty will bring to the applicants there should be no fee-waiver arrangements. However, given the low income levels of most of the applicants, and presumably a low level of savings, some creative governmental arrangements probably should be made in this connection to keep the amnesty applicants out of the hands of the lawless loan sharks and their cousins, the not-quite-lawless payday lenders.” We have so many people out of work with no health insurance, yet the "illegals" get paid cash, they pay no taxable income and still able to defraud the IRS with child tax reimbursement without paying a dime and even go to our hospitals and clinics free. They have more rights than we do. How many have criminal records that we don't know about? Every day there is another illegal drunken driver, slaughtering a family on our roads.

    We cannot give any ground of any kind in exchanging blows, by confronting politician in any method possible, to even calling them through the Central Washington phone terminal at (202) 224-312. Don’t forget the TEA PARTY is for maximum freedom and the U.S Constitution. REMEMBER THESE LAWS CAN STOP FURTHER WAVES OF AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INVASION, THAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE FORCED TO PAY. Read more about the undeveloped border fence at AmericanPatrol and a surprising sensor called the “Sonic Barrier” that is far superior to the regular units they have on the border. AmericanPatrol can also illustrate to you the incompetence and intended ignorance of the risks at the border, plus daily news and views that the Liberal press is keeping hidden? Here is a few websites for petitions against illegal immigration, news and reports not seen within the pages of the left wing press. NumbersUSA carries much intelligence on specific laws, with American Patrol showing ample evidence of an extremely weak border and ineffectual management at ports of entry, including airline terminals. There is daily news also to be found here, at American Patrol and all the happenings in Washington. Corruption and abuse of all our laws, pending immigration bills and abuses in congress is available at Judicial Watch.

  • doublebubble posted at 3:01 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    yea- gee I mean we have so much money and resources we should just give them to all the other Countries- after all we don't have any homelssness, poverity and unempoyed- I love this idea! you should run for congress![wink]

  • doublebubble posted at 2:56 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    “Illegal immigration” is migration to a country/state in violation of the immigration laws of that country/state. therefore they are an "ILLIGAL IMMIGRANT" but an illegal alien will work just as well- the point is not alien or immigrant- it is the "ILLEGAL" part.

  • doublebubble posted at 2:53 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    I so agree with you[thumbup]

  • doublebubble posted at 2:48 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    doublebubble Posts: 16

    What I don’t get is how everyone thinks of an “immigrant” as a person from Mexico- I know of people who came from Belize, Russia, China, and Vietnam and they have to follow the laws of immigration- they can’t get any government assistance for three years and they had to have a “sponsor” in order to get a temporary visa to even get in our Country.
    Yet when people from Mexico come over we have everything in their language, we allow them to get on WIC (free milk, eggs, cheese etc) and Medicaid so they can have their #? child for us all to support-
    A friend of ours has a daughter who had a child at age 20 she was living at home with her parents going to college and she did not qualify for EBT because technically she had to be 21 in order to be seen as her “own family” even though she had her own child-But there are children born in America to illegal immigrants and because they technically don’t have income the primary on the food stamps goes to the 6 year old of the house because mom and dad can’t legally get government assistance. I see people from Mexico who drive up in new cars- dripping with those cheap gold chains and jewels from Piercing Pagoda and their kids in braces (Medicaid paid for) playing video games having access to the systems we as Americans have no access to based on stupid technicalities- This I am sure is one of the many reasons why so many people have an issue with “immigration” it is not all immigrants- it is the one class of people who seem to be defining what an immigrant is -TAKERS-
    The United States is one of only two countries (the other country is Canada which offers it in limited circumstances) that still gives birthright citizenship for children born where both parents are unauthorized immigrants, tourists, visitors or other types of temporary residents (diplomats excepted).Children born in the United States receive citizenship through birth. Currently, those children may petition for their parents when they reach 21 years of age
    These children who are called “anchor babies“should be returned to their own country with their parents and when they turn 18 they can return to America to reap the benefits of all other natural born Americans-If we had a child born in France we would not automatically have access to their system, just based on the child’s birth- we would get put on a plan and sent “HOME” to our “OWN” country-
    The law that needs to change is the one that gives birthright citizenship for children born where both parents are unauthorized immigrants, tourists, visitors or other types of temporary residents. Now that would be a huge game changer!

    Illegal, or unlawful, is used to describe something that is prohibited or not authorized by law - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal

    A person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence

    “Illegal immigration” is migration to a country/state in violation of the immigration laws of that country/state.

    Any questions? There it is in black and white- or does it need to written in Spanish?

  • Che Vrese posted at 7:26 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Che Vrese Posts: 12

    Refresh your page with the F5 function key.

  • Lou Neiner posted at 7:17 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    lneiner Posts: 7

    Can anyone explain to me why viewing this page in Internet Explorer shows 9 comments? But viewing it in Firefox shows only 7 of 9.

  • Che Vrese posted at 7:09 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Che Vrese Posts: 12

    The MSM hardly dictates what our language should be...unfortunately, sheeples are being led by the nose by indoctrinated herd mentality.

    Why do you think we have been saturated by TV & MSM Public Service Messages that inundate us with PC consciousness? So we can swallow this ongoing hooey with blank stares, drools, and gaping maws, and allow this invasion to happen without a peep.

    "Gosh, I'd be a bigot and a racist to demand we close our borders, and disallow potential threats to our nation's sovereignty, because, well, gee, I really don't know why. Some talking head on Faux News told me so." , babble & bleat the wooly ones.

    Illegal Immigrant. A spade IS simply a spade.

    Undocumented Permanent Visitor just doesn't sit well with me, and the polls show that 75% of Americans are on the same page.

  • Kai Galaxy posted at 1:37 pm on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Kai Galaxy Posts: 9

    There is no such thing as an illegal immigrant. Immigration is a legal process. What these are are illegal aliens.

  • Chris Simcox posted at 11:44 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Chris Simcox Posts: 19

    or his flight simulator fees.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:53 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    "In the end, we’re just families, and part of the community here in New Mexico.”

    Whoooooo the majority of entered the United State "ILLEGALLY."

    Diaz said. “There are people who came with visas and overstayed, people who were brought as young children, AND SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF STORIES."

    Yes, sooooo many stories of knowlingly "ILLEGALLY" entering the United States.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:49 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    So perhaps Juan Galindo is not here illegally but say...by "accident."


    Marcela Diaz is your group in touch with this man, maybe helping with his legal fees?

  • kevinbobb posted at 9:41 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    kevinbobb Posts: 6

    Marcela Diaz, "It’s not neutral, and it paints the community with a sense of commonality that does not accurately reflect the breadth of our community.”

    Perhaps "the community" needs to be asked. By community, I mean those of use here legally, (still a term recognized)paying taxes, amazed by the ever increasing number of "programs" for the former illegal immigrants and watching the English language disappear.
    Our brothers and sisters are being ostracized from jobs because they do not speak Spanish and the former illegal immigrants have no desire to learn or speak English.

    Being born and raised in New Mexico, I know many 2nd, 3rd and on generations of Mexican decent, that do not feel comfortable with this influx of "immigrants without proper documentation".
    Perhaps that is what they should be termed.

  • Chris Simcox posted at 8:06 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Chris Simcox Posts: 19

    Maybe a release from prison of the People-Formerly-Known-As-Felons would give us a 75% vacancy rate, so they can go condo?

  • Chris Simcox posted at 8:00 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Chris Simcox Posts: 19

    That which we call a rose, by any other name...IS STILL ILLEGAL.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters last week that she didn’t ”really get caught up in the vocabulary wars.”

    “They are immigrants who are here illegally, that’s an illegal immigrant,” she said.

    nuff said

    Maybe we can pamper the criminally inclined darlings by calling them by what we all know is true: Undocumented Democrat.

  • Corey posted at 7:47 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Corey Posts: 5

    Is it time to simply make Mexico a state? We have conferred all the benefits and privileges of US citizenship on millions of these people-formerly-known-as-illegal. The US has unlimited resources, a huge budget surplus, and an infinite need for unskilled labor (unemployment is practically non-existent). Let's do it. [wink]


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