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Drop the I-Word is a public education campaign powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country that value human dignity and are working to eradicate the dehumanizing slur "illegals" from everyday use and public discourse. The i-word opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration. No human being is "illegal." Learn more

La campaña llamada "Drop the I-Word" en ingles y conocida en español como "Ningún Ser Humano Es Ilegal" cuenta con la participación de migrantes y comunidades diversas a través del país que valoran la dignidad humana y están trabajando para retirar el epíteto deshumanizante, 'ilegales,' del uso cotidiano y el discurso publico. El insulto abre el paso al perfilamiento racial y la violencia y obstruye la verdad y el respeto en el debate migratorio. Ningún Ser Humano es 'Ilegal.' Leer más

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70,000 Signatures Later, The New York Times Refuses To Drop The I-Word

70,000 Signatures Later, The New York Times Refuses To Drop The I-Word

By Andrea Plaid on April 24, 2013 8:58 AM

Yesterday, organizers presented the New York Times with over 70,000 signatures asking them to drop the i-word. Read More

Organizations Deliver 70K Petitions Calling On The New York Times To Drop The I-Word

Organizations Deliver 70K Petitions Calling On The New York Times To Drop The I-Word

By Andrea Plaid on April 23, 2013 8:40 AM

Undocumented immigrants and their allies insist the Grey Lady get with the times. Read More

More Journalists Tell Colleagues to Drop the I-Word

More Journalists Tell Colleagues to Drop the I-Word

By Andrea Plaid on April 22, 2013 1:14 PM

Journalists have been incredible allies in our campaign to get their colleagues in dropping the I-Word. Allies liked Raul A. Reyes, whose employer USA Today recently dropped the slur, said at the Huffington Post last week: On Tuesday, the Associated… Read More

Where Immigrants and I Meet

Where Immigrants and I Meet

By Andrea Plaid on April 22, 2013 12:17 PM

Campaign coordinator Andrea Plaid talks about her family’s shared history with the millions of folks affected by the i-word. Read More

Headlines: Another Victory! USA Today Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’!

Headlines: Another Victory! USA Today Drops 'Illegal Immigrant'!

By Channing Kennedy on April 12, 2013 12:01 PM

The newspaper with the largest print circulation in the U.S. just got on the right side of history, and more. Read More

Take the Pledge
Take the Pledge

I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.

No le llamaré "ilegal" a ningún ser humano. Este insulto racial y palabras asociadas confunden el debate migratorio, emprenden la violencia y no reflejan mis principios. Me uno a comunidades al nivel nacional exigiéndole a los medios de comunicación que hagan igual.

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More Accurate terms

The epithet “illegals” promotes a culture of intolerance and violence toward foreign nationals, undocumented immigrants, and people of color. Say these instead:

  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Unauthorized immigrants
  • NAFTA refugee
  • More in our toolkit

Términos Precisos

El epíteto "ilegales" promueve la cultura de la intolerancia y la violencia hacia los extranjeros, los migrantes indocumentados, y la gente de color. Hay otros términos que podemos usar, por ejemplo:por ejemplo:

  • Migrantes indocumentados
  • Migrantes no-autorizados
  • Refugiados por tratados de libre comercio
  • Vea más en el estuche de herramientas

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How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair—and Changed Immigration Politics

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair--and Changed Immigration Politics

by Gabriel Thompson on Tuesday, September 13 2011, 9:33AM

GOP strategists have won the messaging war—and Democrats have conceded defeat. Gabriel Thompson tells the long, sad story of D.C.’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric.

Who’s Dropping It?

¿Quién esta dejando el epíteto?

  • Alternet
  • Change.org
  • Feministing
  • Freespeech TV
  • GritTV
  • In These Times
  • LinkTV
  • Ms. Magazine
  • The Nation Institute
  • Uprising Radio

See the full list of media outlets and organizations that have pledged to stop the dehumanizing use of the word “illegal”.

Vea la lista completa de organizaciones y fuentes periodísticas que han prometido no usar la deshumanizante palabra “I”.

Drop the I-Word

Your pledge will be added to the growing list of people and groups that are asking media outlets to drop the i-word. We will keep you updated by email on the campaign and how you can take action.

Drop the I-Word

Su compromiso se añadirá a la lista creciente de personas y grupos que están pidiendo a los medios de comunicación a abandonar el i-palabra. Les mantendremos informados por correo electrónico sobre la campaña y cómo se puede actuar.

Take the Pledge
Take the Pledge

I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.

No le llamaré "ilegal" a ningún ser humano. Este insulto racial y palabras asociadas confunden el debate migratorio, emprenden la violencia y no reflejan mis principios. Me uno a comunidades al nivel nacional exigiéndole a los medios de comunicación que hagan igual.

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O, llenar la forma de promesa