AP used the term in a report on Tuesday stating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed DACA recipients welcome in the “Trump-free zone” of Chicago.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy established by the Obama administration in June 2012. DACA allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
Emanuel spoke at the opening of Chicago Public Schools for the first day of classes on Tuesday. The mayor told students at Solorio Academy High School they were “welcome in the city of Chicago”. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that school officials say about a third of the school’s students were “undocumented citizens”.
Breitbart noted that DACA recipients are neither “undocumented” nor US “citizens”. The online news outlet said: “The term incorrectly cites that illegal alien DACA recipients are undocumented, despite their documented status by the federal government. The term also incorrectly gives US citizenship to illegal alien DACA recipients, despite none of the program’s recipients holding citizenship.”
The legally correct terms to use are illegal immigrant or illegal alien.
The AP stopped using the term “illegal immigrants” in 2013 already, maintaining that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally”.
The newspeak by AP unveiled include words related to terrorism which are sanitized in the AP Stylebook. “Militant,” “lone wolves” or “attackers” are to be used instead of terrorist or Islamist. “People struggling to enter Europe” is favored over “migrant” or “refugee”.
George Orwell’s 1984 aptly described newspeak. In George Orwell’s world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Newspeak is a controlled language, of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, a linguistic design meant to limit the freedom of thought—personal identity, self-expression, free will—that ideologically threatens the establishment.