Pathetic: Associated Press officially drops 'illegal immigrant' from Stylebook; Update: More media to follow?

All hail political correctness!

The AP has announced on its blog that it no longer sanctions the use of the term “illegal immigrant” to describe immigrants who are in this country illegally. No, really:

AP Stylebook illegal immigrants


Welcome to the wonderful world of “real journalism,” folks.



Hey, why stop with the Associated Press? There’s so much more PC potential!

Looks like more “nuanced” reporting could be on its way:

Nothing would make the SEIU happier:



Such utter lame-itude from the AP warrants major mockery. Fortunately, snarky Twitterers delivered. Enjoy!


Editor’s note: The original title contained a typographical error. It has since been corrected.

  • Liberty Ranger

    So can we use “illegal Immigration-ist”?

  • Tangchung

    Im confused …what do we call them now?
    (Democrat voters)

    • Jennifer Jurek


      • lainer51

        Slackers? or slacking moochers?

    • ZoriahShepard

      LOL – Exactly.

    • drbobhoffman

      Individuals prescribed to alternative conceptions of reality

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      F E L O N S.

    • rogueco

      Pedophile is still an acceptable AP term – I say we just use that one.

      Maybe progressives would decide to secure our border if the AP was reporting “hundreds of pedophiles sneak across our borders every day.” or “11 million pedophiles in America are soon to get full amnesty.”

    • Jeffrey Harbin

      Welcomed Émigré To Barack’s American-Communist Kingdom, or WETBACK for short.

      • nc

        Thank You! I needed a good laugh tonight!

      • Isahiah62

        and we have a WINNER!!!!

  • ronnie

    there still here illegally if they dont have citizenship they cant change call it what it is “illegal immigration”,the” AP” can call it what they want..that’s why they wnat to change the language..we aught to ship all the illegals with our president back to the country they came from..and send some democrats with them cause they’d be lost without their Obuma!!

  • Scott McDaniel

    First: You change the language of the people. ~ Machiavelli
    And the enemies of truth are changing the language oh so very well.

  • Patriot

    borderentially challenged?

    • Tangchung

      Lol, I like that!

    • Tom Bannigan

      geographically challenged?

    • TugboatPhil

      I once heard a podcast of a San Fransisco radio station. The news reader at the top of the hour referred to illegal aliens as “visiting travelers without passports.”

      I wish I was kidding.

      • nc


  • Firebrand98

    So now we say…. “(person’s name here) was arrested today after having an accident and being shown to not have a drivers license.” “After checking federal databases, (Person’s name here) is alleged to have illegally immigrated to the U.S. by crossing the Mexican border without proper authorization, which was at one time was referred to by the term ‘illegal immigrant’. ” Would that do?

    • 6cheri6

      Nope…they are not immigrants. Immigrants means they followed the procedure. They are ILLEGAL ALIENS/CRIMINALS

  • Johnny Blade

    I like it… now we can call them what they are… invaders!

  • Squirrel!

    Call them what they ARE!!
    PC is the gateway drug to Communism… Just Say No!

  • $22639970

    I’ve NEVER called them illegal immigrants. I call them what they are…ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS!

  • T.j. Snyder


  • T.j. Snyder


    • Kate

      Future Democrats/Union Sheeple

  • Spatial Awareness

    Political Correctness Kills.

  • monique

    Let’s stick with “criminal trespasser”. That’s what I would be if I went into someone else’s house and plopped down on their couch and said I was staying and they needed to feed me.

  • Cynthia Jaeger

    So if we go over the border into Mexico same way as they do coming here and we get caught what will they call us, before putting us in prison.

    • FishFearMe

      “Fresh Meat”

    • Patriot


    • Darla Holt-Szcinski

      firing squad victims

  • kch50428

    They’re “Unregistered Democrat Voters”… much like “Looters” are consumers with non-ducumented, undefined deferred payment plans.

  • Steven Deeley

    Uninvited guest worker?

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    How about criminal alien invader?

    What do we call Obama’s illegal alien drunk driving Uncle Omar and his illegal alien moocher Aunt Zeituni?

    Probably longtime social Security card owners, voters and Democrats for life.

  • Duro

    SEIU has a dog in this fight? What, so they can collect union dues off of people WITHOUT Visas? …isn’t that illegal?

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      No, they just send a union rep and two torpedos “assistants” around to collect every pay period.

  • Todd Hill

    “Trespassing Aliens” works for me. The former describes the illegal act and the latter is the official federal designation for non-citizens who are present within the borders of the United States.

  • Bui van vat

    So a person who immigrates illegally cannot be called an illegal immigrant?

  • JDStomper

    They’re no longer “Rapists”, they’re “Surprise Sex Practitioners”. Well done AP, well done.

  • Elbyiii

    It is what it is! We call them Parasites!

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    Definition of adjective:

    1. grammar word describing noun: a word that describes or qualifies a noun or pronoun

    The word “Illegal” is also on the list of momswhothink website as an adjective. I may be wrong, I hated English class, but isn’t the word “Illegal” used in this context an adjective that describes the noun “Immigrant”?

    So now we are changing grammar rules to accommodate illegal immigrants?

  • Hal Fast

    How about “illegal terrorists” pillaging our once great country and living off it like the blood sucking leeches they are that have no alliegence to the USA what so ever. Just here to bilk/milk the system for all it’s worth now the B.O. is in and one of them and helping them un-succeed, and they love him for it.

    • nc

      You hit on it: The Bilk-Milkers!

  • wwbdinct

    Sorry but no! I’ll stick with illegal alien. Try and stop me.

  • TocksNedlog

    — Lost non-Americans
    — Sanctuary Citizens
    — Paralegals
    — Amnesty Anticipators

  • © Sponge

    No human is illegal. Murderers and rapists rejoice.

    You liberals are simply mentally missing something. Seriously, you guys.

  • RblDiver

    In other news, AP will be dropping the term “murderer” to “post-partem abortion provider” and “thief/robber” to “wealth redistributor.”

  • DList

    Not surprising. AP dropped actual non-partisan reporting years ago.

    • Vennoye

      How many people are actually still reading AP???? Does it even matter if they start their own language??

  • Walt

    And when reporting on an illegal drug dealer, refer to them as an unlicensed pharmacist. And a cartel as an unlicensed pharmacology distribution group.

  • Zefal

    Whatever Associated Lefists, er, Press.

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    Heh. I knew this would make the teapeople ever so pissed. #satisfying

    • lainer51

      almost as much as Sarah Palin being good-looking and charismatic pissed the fugly women on the left.. #satisfying..

    • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

      I love how liberals don’t see how utterly rediculous they are. It must be nice walking around with a smile on your face, because you don’t know any better.

    • vino veritas

      Ho, and I knew this would bring out the pink nazi trolls like you. Must be friggin magic!

  • lainer51

    No difference – Abortion used to be called murder until the loonies changed it to “pro choice”..

  • vino veritas

    The AP have always been officially known to me as ‘Associated (with leftist) Panderers’.
    This is just another step in support of their previous attempts to legitimize illegal immigration in order to create a super majority for liberal dems. Unfortunately, the establishment republicans are helping them do exactly that while operating under the suicidal delusion that their efforts are going to guarantee that majority for repubs and not dems.

    • nc

      Are you listening Sens. Rubio, Paul, et al?

  • nc

    THIS JUST IN: People who write for the AP are henceforth known as “Lying Scribblers.”

    Put that in your Stylebook.

  • Kevin B

    How about “Criminal Foreign Invader”?

  • John Howard

    How about “Gringo”? Do they still allow gringo to be used?

  • Sean Maloney

    The all-encompassing and sweeping term “liars” always worked for me!

  • Isahiah62

    Doublespeak involves the use of language that is deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning.

  • Joshua Offenbacher

    fuck the AP and what they have to say, I am sick of all media calling them illegal immigrants, they are illegal aliens, not immigrants, get that alien word firmly embedded into your brains.

  • notenoughtime

    My parents were immigrants but they were legal immigrants. Now we have immigrants that broke our laws, hence the word illegal, but we cant use that term. How much do that pay their linguistic analysts to come up with a new word for illegal entry into this country?

    • nc

      So how would AP refer to legal immigrants like your parents or my ex-husband? Super-duper legal immigrants? Nah, that might make the (used to be called) illegals feel bad.

      BTW, I don’t know when your parents arrived, but when my ex first got his green card more than 30 years ago it identified him as a “Resident Alien.”

  • Darla Holt-Szcinski

    This is called propaganda.

  • edward

    Ahhhh I love it You Republican’s are gonna really win over the Hispanic vote with hate like this so much for listening to Reince Rriebus LOL

    • lainer51

      OMG – do you have spell check and did you take grammar in first grade???? BTW – not worried about your so-called “problem with repubs”…

      • edward

        OOOOOOOO can’t stand the truth that your party is gonna lose every election:D

        • ForTheRepublic

          What “truth” are you referring to?

    • bd1143bc

      George Orwell would be proud of this new speak. #1984

  • edward

    How’s that whole autopsy thing working out for you?????


    Of course, “legal immigrant” is more offensive than “illegal immigrant” since those people actually had to wait in line for years and spend their own money to be able to come to the United States. I mean, how dare they do things the correct and legal way.

  • dmar003

    what do we call the ap? the reporters that are unable to directly make a decision on the verbage printed in their biodegradable pumas?

  • Stan

    Obama needs to move the nations capital to Southern Arizona to be close to his new voters ( and their drugs).

  • Ailsa Nordstrom

    I notice some of the related tweets on the sidebar calling the term “illegal immigrant” is offensive and racist…ummm so the truth s offensive, I guess. And only a racist would think it is a racist term seeing as how there are illegal immigrants of every race.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      The truth is always offensive . . . to the offender.

    • Isahiah62

      TRUTH has already been defined as “hate speech” – Obama and Hillary want laws against it like they have in EU where people have already been prosecuted (persecuted) for it- Geert Wilders, Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Lars Hedegaard, in UK, Kevin Carroll

  • Stephen L. Hall

    I think we should agree with the AP and stop using the phrase “illegal immigrant”

    Instead we should use a more politically incorrect, precise and concise term, as they are not really immigrating, they are just here temporarily unless they can take over so:

    illegal immigrant => invaders

    legal immigrant => immigrant

    No need to associate applicants to our melting pot with people with no desire to assimilate.

  • Lipstick

    “No human being is illegal.” Unless you are a baby in the womb or born in spite of a botched abortion, then you may be legally murdered.

  • Will P.

    Personally, I like the term, “criminal alien.” It’s much more descriptive and accurate to boot.