Breitbart News reports that the Wall Street Journal has banned reporters from using the term “illegal immigrant.”
The Wall Street Journal, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is banning its reporters from using the terms “illegal immigrant” and “illegal” to refer to illegal aliens living in the United States.
In updating its style guide this week, the WSJ said that while it will continue to allow reporters to use the term “illegal immigrant” to describe the arrival and stay of illegal immigrants in the U.S., it will no longer allow reporters to describe individuals as “illegal” or “illegal immigrants” to eliminate “labeling.
In 2013, the Associated Press (AP) banned its reporters from using the words “illegal immigrant” and “illegal” to describe illegal immigrants, according to Breitbart News.
More recently, the Joe Biden administration banned the terms “illegal immigrant” and “assimilation,” instead referring to all foreign nationals in the U.S. as “non-citizens” and “undocumented non-citizens” in general terms.
House Democrats introduced legislation in January that would prohibit the use of the terms “illegal immigrant” and “alien” in federal laws and documents.
The term “illegal alien” was codified in federal statute in 1986 by the Immigration Reform and Control Act as a description of a foreign national residing illegally in the United States, and the term “alien” is commonly used in federal law to refer to a non-citizen or non-U.S. national.
However, the use of the term “undocumented” to describe illegal aliens incorrectly assumes that all illegal aliens are undetected by the federal government. Rather, there are categories of documented illegal aliens who enter the United States and do not leave, such as visa overstays or recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.