Kitzhaber signs tuition equity law. AP officially changes style on "illegal immigrant"

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Kitzhaber signs tuition equity law.  AP officially changes style on "illegal immigrant"

Today, Governor John Kitzhaber signed the tuition equity bill (HB 2787) into law. Now, Oregon-educated young people who were brought here as children without legal permission can attend college in Oregon at in-state tuition rates.

This is great news. After all, once the state and local communities have invested in K-12 education for these young people, we should help them go to college and achieve their own American Dream -- improving the economy for everyone.

Meanwhile, the Oregonian's right-wing headline writer decided to get one final shot in - with a headline over an AP story that read "Kitzhaber to sign illegal-immigrant tuition equity bill".

One "final" shot in? Yes, that's right. The Associated Press announced today that, going forward, "illegal immigrant" will no longer be an acceptable usage in AP Style. (Neither, for that matter, will "undocumented", which tends to be an alternative that some folks prefer.)

The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.

On the jump, the full listing from the revised AP stylebook.

Pay attention, Right-Wing Oregonian Headline Writer:

illegal immigration Entering or residing in a country in violation of civil or criminal law. Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.

Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented.

Do not describe people as violating immigration laws without attribution.

Specify wherever possible how someone entered the country illegally and from where. Crossed the border? Overstayed a visa? What nationality?

People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally. For people granted a temporary right to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, use temporary resident status, with details on the program lower in the story.

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