MAP: With 'Illegal Alien' Gone, What Term Best Fits Immigrants?

OPB | May 6, 2013 11:25 a.m. | Updated: May 6, 2013 2:31 p.m.

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In April, The Associated Press and several newsrooms dropped the term “illegal immigrant.” So what is the proper terminology for an immigrant in the country illegally?

That’s a question that has stirred discussion among journalists, policy makers and others who have an interest in the debate over immigration — or who simply want an accurate, non-offensive term to use.

We asked sources in OPB’s Public Insight Network to tell us what term they prefer. We collaborated with SCPR and other public media stations across the country to map responses from across the U.S. You can view the nearly 300 responses, and then add your response to the map.


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