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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

NY Times Changes Policy on Term "Illegal Alien"

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The Times is seeking a middle ground - it isn't banning the term, but is asking reporters to be sensitive in using it.




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 States
without proper legal authorization." But it encourages reporters and
editors to "consider alternatives when appropriate to explain the
specific circumstances of the person in question, or to focus on
actions."



Philip B. Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards, who
oversees The Times's style manual, made the announcement on Tuesday
shortly after a group staged a protest in front of The New York Times
headquarters and delivered more than 70,000 signatures to Jill Abramson,
the executive editor of The Times, asking her to end the use of the
phrase.





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