[Ads-l] "illegal immigrant" as politically incorrect

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Nov 30 15:43:22 UTC 2015


On 11/28/15 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:05:53 -0800
> From:    "James A. Landau"<JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
> Subject: "illegal immigrant" as politically incorrect
>
> I somehow got on the mailing list for a group called "DefineAmerican".
>
> This group has been trying to get people to stop using the term "illegal immigrant".  Specifically they have been targeting CNN. In their words:
<snip>
>
> I have no idea how big or important DefineAmerican is, and I have not heard anyone else object to the term "illegal immigrant" (although the above text implies the National Association of Hispanic Journalists is also behind this campaign).
Well, I had a student remark on another student's use of the term in 
class during peer review a couple weeks ago. These are adult (30+ & 50+ 
years old, respectively) students.

---Amy West

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