On Tuesday afternoon dozens of activists gathered in front of the New York Times building to urge the newspaper to stop using the word “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants. Demonstrators were joined by Cesar Chavez’s son, Fernando Chavez, and Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of Define American, who delivered 70,000 signatures demanding the Times drop the i-word.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press announced they no longer recommend journalists use the term “illegal immigrant” when referring to immigrants in the United States without legal permission. The AP now joins other major journalism outlets that don’t use the term, including ABC News, USA Today, NBC and CNN.
The New York Times however continues to the term “illegal immigrant” and has only announced that they are “reconsidering” how they use the term.
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