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AP Stylebook nixes “illegal immigrant”

The AP Stylebook announced on Tuesday that it would no longer use the term "illegal immigrant" or use "illegal" to describe a person. Instead, new style guidelines reserve use of "illegal" to describe an action "such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally."

The move comes more than a year after Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, undocumented immigrant and activist Jose Antonio Vargas pushed news behemoths The New York Times and the Associated Press to drop the term. The Applied Research Center and the organization's affiliated-website Colorlines also started a campaign called "Drop the i-word" to push politicians and media outlets to stop using the racially-charged term for immigrants without legal standing in the United States.

It seems their efforts paid off.

Reached for comment, Vargas told Poynter.org: “This was inevitable. This is not about being politically correct.”

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