A major media outlet whose news reports are frequently picked up by other major publications, has begun a new term in defense of illegal aliens in the United States.
In a story published Tuesday, Sep. 5, about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemning President Trump’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Associated Press referred to the young illegal aliens as “undocumented citizens.”
The AP first slammed President Trump for winding down a program “protecting young immigrants from deportation,” failing to mention that the “young immigrants” were actually in the United States illegally and not simply “immigrants.”
The article then noted that Mayor Emanuel told the individuals in question that they are welcome in the city of Chicago, and quoted the Chicago Sun-Times as saying that school officials say about a third of the school’s students are undocumented citizens.
Emanuel declared that Chicago will be a “Trump-free zone,” and told the students they have “nothing to worry about.”
The Washington Free Beacon pointed out that The Associated Press had updated its rules in 2013, banning the term “illegal immigrant” in its reporting:
In 2013, the AP updated its style guide to ban the use of the term “illegal immigrant” in stories. “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant,” the style guide reads.
“People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally,” it continues. “For people granted a temporary right to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, use temporary resident status, with details on the program lower in the story.”
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