Drop the I-Word

Protesters outside. Brown woman in front wears red shirt, white and black sign behind her reads "No human is illegal. #DeportTrump."

Department of Justice Instructs Agency Press Officers to Call Immigrants 'Illegal Aliens'

From the directive: “The word ‘undocumented’ is not based in U.S. code and should not be used to describe someone’s illegal presence in the country.” But the referenced code does not include the word “illegal,” either.

A handwritten sign that says "This is what democracy looks like"

Racial Equity Here: A Call to Collective Action [OP-ED]

Race Forward president Glenn Harris: “In order to truly dismantle structural racism we must abandon the business-as-usual mindset that envelops whole sectors.”

U.S. Planning New Round of Deportation Raids

A new Reuters exclusive says the month long round of raids will target undocumented Central American immigrants.

Let's Drop the I-Word—Again

We pushed major media to drop the i-word five years ago, but the slur is making a comeback. It’s time for us to unite and say—again—that no human being is illegal.

Twitter Suspends Bot Account That Calls People Out For Tweeting ‘Illegal Immigrant’

The account, @DropTheIBot, tells users to consider substituting “undocumented immigrant” for “illegal immigrant.”

UCLA Student Body Drops the I-Word

The decision was made, in part, as a sign of respect to the school’s undocumented students.

West Coast's Second Largest Paper Drops the Term 'Illegal Immigrant'

The second largest newspaper on the West Coast tells its writers they can no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.”

Los Angeles Times Drops 'Illegal Immigrant'

The announcement comes after weeks of discussion at the paper.

Andrea Plaid Discusses "Drop the I-Word" Campaign On MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Colorlines Drop the I-Word Campaign Manager, Andrea Plaid appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show to discuss the challenges facing immigrant women.

Watch 70K People Tell The New York Times to Drop The I-Word

The Drop The I-Word team and a coalition of activists deliver 70,000 signatures to the New York Times.

Cesar Chavez's Son and 70K Others Urge The Times to Drop the I-Word

On Tuesday afternoon dozens of activists gathered in front of the New York Times building urging the newspaper to stop using the word “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants.

USA Today 'Will No Longer Use the Term Illegal Immigrant'

The decision by the newspaper with the largest print circulation in the U.S. comes a week after the Associated Press dropped the i-word from their Stylebook.

Fox News Uses 'Undocumented' Instead of its Usual 'Illegal'

The story is categorized in the “illegal immigrants” section but the story itself never uses the i-word.

AP Stylebook Revises Definition of 'Islamist'

Last Thursday the AP moved to disassociate the term “Islamist” from its negative connotations with “Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals, who may or may not be Islamists.”

Rinku Sen Discusses the Success of 'Drop the I-Word' on Democracy Now!

Rinku Sen appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the significance of getting the Associated Press to stop using the term “illegal” in reference to people.

L.A. Times Considering Changes in Use of 'Illegal Immigrant'

The L.A. Times is in a unique place because Los Angeles is home to the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. But also because they received a $1-million grant to cover immigration and other interests for people of color.

Hey Grey Lady, 'Get With the Times' on the I-Word [VIDEO]

Catch up already, paper of record, you’re looking out of touch.

Why the AP's Choice to Drop the I-Word Is a Crucial Victory

Because the deliberately divisive and willfully inaccurate term has stood in the way of real discussion for too long.

Associated Press Stylebook Drops 'Illegal Immigrant'

The Associated Press announced on Tuesday they will no longer recommend journalists use the term illegal immigrant when referring to immigrants in the United States without legal permission.

Touré Makes the Case Against Calling Immigrants 'Illegals' on MSNBC

And he used Martha Stewart as an example.