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September 8, 2017

Courtesy of Define American

Phrases such as “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien”  replace complex legal circumstances with an assumption of guilt. They effectively criminalize the personhood of migrants, instead of describing the legality of their actions. Being in the U.S. without proper documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Underscoring this, Supreme Court Justice  Anthony Kennedy has said: “As a general rule, it is not a crime for a movable alien to remain in the United States.”

The Associated Press writes in the AP Stylebook, “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.”

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