As posted earlier, the New York Times is now advising its editorial staff to "consider alternatives" when describing "illegal immigrants" in its stories. The Los Angeles Times, which has said it is also reconsidering the term, is still in the process of deciding what to do.
"The Los Angeles Times' Standards and Practices Committee has been studying this issue for several months and has not yet reached a decision on whether to recommend a style along the lines of what AP has announced," Vice President of Communications Nancy Sullivan told TheBlaze.
She also forwarded along the current policy at the Los Angeles Times in using "illegal immigrant."
Use this term in referring to citizens of foreign countries who have come to the country with no passport, visa or other document to show that they are entitled to visit, work or live in the United States.
Do not use illegal aliens or illegals except in direct quotes.
The nouns alien and illegal should not appear in headlines.
The term undocumented immigrant is acceptable as a synonym for illegal immigrant under certain conditions, such as when a form of the word illegal already appears in a sentence. Example: Although their parents are not legally eligible for welfare, the children of undocumented immigrants qualify for benefits. Take care in assigning people the status of illegal immigrants. Those arrested by border police are held or deported by the INS if they are suspected of being illegal immigrants. It is wrong to accuse someone of illegal activity if it is untrue. We cannot know without asking, for example, whether particular dayworkers are illegal immigrants or immigrants at all.