Wall Street Journal Bans the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’ – DC Watchdog

Wall Street Journal Bans the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’

With each passing day, the politically correct mainstream media is doing all it can to stifle how Americans discuss what is taking place in our country using language that is appropriate given the circumstance. In this case, it’s labeling illegal aliens and illegal immigrants for what they are – illegal.

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The Wall Street Journal, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., is banning its reporters from using the term “illegal immigrant” and “illegal” to refer to illegal aliens living in the United States,” according to Breitbart.

This week, in an update its style guide, the Journal states that while it will allow reporters to continue using the term ‘illegal immigration’ to describe the process of illegal aliens arriving and staying in the U.S., it will no longer permit reporters to describe individuals as ‘illegal’ or ‘illegal immigrant’ in an effort to stop ‘labeling people.’ [emphasis added]

The Journal style guide revisions now state:

Illegal immigration describes the actions of people who cross borders illegally or remain in a country after their legal right to stay has expired. Use illegal to refer only to an act, not to a person or people: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant(s). When describing a broad category of immigrants, use alternatives such as immigrants who entered the country illegally … people living in the U.S. unlawfully or without the legal right…. When needed, the phrase lacking permanent legal status is accurate shorthand covering both those in the country illegally and those with a protected status that shields them from deportation. [Emphasis added by Breitbart]

Illegal immigration is a highly charged issue that must be covered with precision and sensitivity, without taking sides or resorting to pejorative labels or to euphemisms that avoid calling acts in violation of immigration law what they are—illegal. It is acceptable to write about illegal immigration as a process or issue: Then–President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a centerpiece of his presidency. But the shorthand phrases commonly used in the U.S.—illegal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, unauthorized immigrants, illegal aliens—have become politicized or lack precision. Don’t use such labels except when quoting people or official documents.” [Emphasis added by Breitbart]

For more on this report, go to Breitbart.

Please share your opinion in the comment section. Should the terms illegal immigrant and illegal alien still be used to describe individuals who enter, or remain in, the country without legal authority? Why or why not?

3 Comments

  1. Joanna Johnson-Smith says:

    The WSJ can ban anything they want when it comes to their employees and articles, but they will NEVER ban the PEOPLE from speaking freely and with NO Political-Correctness. They need to study the Bill of Rights or shutter their doors, cuz WE are DONE.

  2. Holly Rose says:

    Oh good let’s get creative and come up with some descriptive nouns and adjectives let’s see how about nonams (non Amercans), nonlocs *non locals), nonnate (non natives). Two can play that game.

  3. Sandra J Johnson says:

    ILLEGAL. THE WORD IS CORRECT.
    QUIT BANNING WORDS. THE PC MOVEMENT HA GONE TOO FAR.
    WE’RE AMERICANS – WE LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY – QUIT WITH THS MARXIST AGENA.
    WE ARE NOT COMMUNISTS.