The Associated Press' new stylebook guidelines have a clear political agenda: Keep sugar-coating the growing problem of immigration.
It instructs journalists to avoid using the term “chain migration” because “immigration hardliners” allegedly use the term. Instead “Dreamers” should be used to refer to illegal immigrants.
When the new guidelines were revealed at a conference late last month, they received little coverage. Poynter.org said the “guidance” they received from the AP told them:
Avoid the term “chain migration”: “A term applied by immigration hardliners to what the U.S. government calls family-based immigration, a longstanding program granting preference to people with relatives who already have legal residency or U.S. citizenship. Avoid the term except when used in a quotation, and explain it.”
David Frum said the term was originally “coined in the 1960s to counter claims of immigrant up-rootedness.”
Reminding readers of chain migration – or family reunification – is a politically explosive notion, and may not be what AP wants, but the ridiculous term “Dreamers” to denote illegal immigrants will not convince readers either. The style guide seems to be aware of this, since they advise to use the term only “sparingly”.
The DREAM Act – Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors – is congressional legislation that would allow young immigrants in the country illegally who were brought here as children to remain in the country if they meet certain criteria. The legislation has never been approved by Congress as of March 1, 2018. It is similar to but not the same as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Many refer to immigrants who would benefit from either the DREAM Act or DACA as “Dreamers.” The term “Dreamers” is acceptable if necessary, but should be used sparingly and in quotation marks in all references.
The term “Aborigine” is also verboten because “some consider the term offensive”.
ABORIGINE (ADDS THAT SOME CONSIDER THE TERM OFFENSIVE)
An outdated term referring to aboriginal people in Australia. It is considered offensive by some and should be avoided.
Incidentally, ordinary Americans, the ones likely to be most offended by the AP’s Orwellian thought policing and the readers of their news articles, have had zero influence in deciding the terminology they would like to see reflected.
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