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April 08, 2013 10:16 AM UTC

Denver Post reviewing its use of the term "illegal immigrant"

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  • by: Jason Salzman

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The Denver Post is reviewing its use of the term “illegal immigrant.”

The Post’s announcement came Tuesday after The Associated Press decided that it “no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person.”

In December, the The Post informed readers that it favors “illegal immigrant” over “undocumented immigrant” but accepts “undocumented immigrant” as a less precise synonym. The style guideline on the term appeared in the Post’s print edition, but I can’t find it online.

Post Features Editor Tucker Shaw announced the Post’s review in an “addendum” to a blog post on The Post’s excellent “Editor’s Notes” blog:

The Denver Post maintains its own style guidelines. The particular question outlined in this post is under review.

I’m currently trying to reach Shaw to find out why the review was undertaken, when it will be completed, and how readers can weigh in with their views.

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5 thoughts on “Denver Post reviewing its use of the term “illegal immigrant”

    1. That seems reasonable (Mark your calendar.)

      I always thought "undocumented worker" was pathetic, more akin to a 15 year old eager to get a jumpstart in the workplace.

        1. I believe so.  How does that impact the appropriate language? Violations of civil law are still illegal. Not all unauthorized immigrants are workers.

  1. REad the other day that either or both the NY Times and AP are revising their style guide. Makes sense for a large paper in any state to do the same

    I like to call them amigo

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