Submitted by cl_admin on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:00
Our Drop The I-Word partner Hugo Balta, who heads the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, just dropped the news last night that the *San Francisco Chronicle* is dropping the i-word. [From the *Chronicle’s* Copy Desk Chief and Stylebook Editor David A. Steinberg:]( > We are changing our style on illegal immigration/illegal immigrants to essentially match AP. Effective immediately, will no longer refer to individuals as illegal immigrants. The new stylebook entry: > > **illegal immigration** > > Entering or residing in a country in violation of civil or criminal law. 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.Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission. > > Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented immigrant. This prohibition also applies to headlines. > > Do not describe people as violating immigration laws without attribution. > > Specify wherever possible how someone entered the country illegally and from where. Crossed the border? Overstayed a visa? What nationality? > > People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally. 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. [Balta wrote a great post at Seattle Times]( about the need to eliminate the slur, in which he announces that that media outlet decided to drop the word, too. > The Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Denver Post and other media followed the AP’s lead in dropping the derogatory term… We are so thankful that the *SF Chronicle* and *Seattle Times* are getting with the times and getting rid of such a politically charged, dehumanizing, and racially loaded word from its reporting on the lives and status of undocumented immigrants, who deserve so much better.
Andrea Plaid