Illegal-Alien Reporter Launches Crusade to Ban 'Illegal' from Immigration News Stories

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/09/22 23:25:40

Ted Hesson at ABCNews.com reports that formerly "objective" Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas is leading a crusade to ban the term "illegal immigrant" from polite news coverage. Or as Hesson puts it, Vargas will "begin monitoring the use" of the phrase "with the goal of shifting the conversation."

"The term dehumanizes and marginalizes the people it seeks to describe," Vargas said. "Think of it this way, in what other context do we call someone illegal?" Since announcing to the world that he's an illegal immigrant, Vargas has become a celebrity activist who's starred in cover stories in in The New York Times Magazine and Time. He wants reporters to use the word "undocumented," and many do.

What's clear is that Vargas wants to remove any negativity from the descriptions. If a reporter decided to call him an "improper immigrant," it would still be worse than "undocumented." He said a child driver would not be called an "illegal driver." He doesn't note that America doesn't have 12 million children driving cars.

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  • cowboy 2012/09/24 21:04:16
    How would he feel about being called "wetback"? Somehow "illegal alien" is not so bad then is it?
  • maquignon 2012/09/23 06:29:47
    He is absolutely right. We should call them what they REALLY are: CRIMINALS!!!!!
  • Max 2012/09/23 02:41:36
    They are correctly called illegal aliens. The term "immigrant" implies that a person came to the US legally.
  • sglmom 2012/09/23 00:02:39
    Here's a thought ..
    call him what he is ..

    There .. that's actually correct ..
    (not demeaning at all .. he Criminally entered this nation too)

    Time to stop coddling CRIMINALS ..
    not a Citizen? Don't have the legal documents to be here in the USA?
    Then guess what .. go back to whence you came .. and face the penalties for CRIMINAL Entry into the USA ..
  • GoodEncounter 2012/09/22 23:48:08
    He's forgetting the part that this country was founded on "freedom of speech" and further more if a person is in this country without going through the legal process then what does he suggest we call them?

    illegal alien 
    a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization.
    a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson.

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