Good news! We are excited to announce that three papers in Connecticut have agreed to drop the i-word. Three papers of the Journal Register Company, New Haven Register, Middletown Press and The Register Citizen, reported that they will no longer use the terms “illegal alien” or “illegal immigrant” in their publications.
We took an overdue step at the New Haven Register, Middletown Press and Register Citizen on Thursday and instructed reporters and editors to stop using the terms “illegal aliens” and “illegal immigrants.” We’ll use the term “undocumented immigrants” from now on.
The decision followed a key decision by the Society of Professional Journalists, who passed a resolution at the Excellence in Journalism convention to discontinue the use of the term “illegal alien”, and suggested continued discussion to re-evaluate the implications of the use of “illegal immigrant.” The resolution also challenged the constitutionality of using the i-word, a motivating factor in the decision by Journal Register:
WHEREAS, this constitutional doctrine, often described as “innocent-until-proven-guilty,” applies not just to U.S. Citizens but to everyone in the United States and;
WHEREAS, only the court system, not reporters and editors, can decide when a person has committed an illegal act and;
We applaud this decision and encourage Journal Register Company to step up and drop the i-word at all their papers.