I don't see anything wrong 'illegal alien'


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What's wrong with the term "illegal alien?" Jim Gearhart asks.

Enter the immigration debate fray, and you'll run into all sorts of variations on the term, and all sorts of alternatives to it. Some sound clinical, others border on pejorative. Illegal immigrant. Unauthorized immigrant. Undocumented alien. Illegals.

Since at least 2013, the Associated Press Stylebook — basically, the grammar Bible for most news writers — has frowned on just about all of those, even though it used to be fine with "illegal immigrant."

Jim asks: Why?

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