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Society of Professional Journalists Says ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Is An ‘Offensive’ Term

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Eric Scheiner
CNS News

Thursday, December 30, 2010

(CNSNews.com) – The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is undertaking an educational campaign against the term “illegal immigrant,” seeking to inform reporters that the term “illegal immigrant” is “offensive” to Latinos.

In the latest issue of SPJ’s magazine ‘Quill’, SPJ’s Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence writes about the campaign, referencing the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ recommendation to use “undocumented immigrant” or “undocumented worker” and to “[a]void using ‘illegal(s)’ as a noun.”

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“SPJ’s Diversity Committee met during the 2010 convention in Las Vegas and decided to engage in a yearlong educational campaign designed to inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting on undocumented immigrants,” wrote Laurence.

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In his article, Laurence also made a constitutional argument against the term ‘illegal immigrant’, “One of the most basic of our constitutional rights is that everyone (including non-citizens) is innocent of any crime until proven guilty in a court of law,” wrote Laurence. ”That’s guaranteed under the Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.”

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This article was posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 2:46 am





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