Denver Post reviewing its use of the term “illegal immigrant”


The Denver Post is reviewing its use of the term “illegal immigrant.”

The Post’s announcement came Tuesday after The Associated Press decided that it “no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person.”

In December, the The Post informed readers that it favors “illegal immigrant” over “undocumented immigrant” but accepts “undocumented immigrant” as a less precise synonym. The style guideline on the term appeared in the Post’s print edition, but I can’t find it online.

Post Features Editor Tucker Shaw announced the Post’s review in an “addendum” to a blog post on The Post’s excellent “Editor’s Notes” blog:

The Denver Post maintains its own style guidelines. The particular question outlined in this post is under review.

I’m currently trying to reach Shaw to find out why the review was undertaken, when it will be completed, and how readers can weigh in with their views.

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