This is a poll by the Public Insight Network in response to the Associated Press’ decision to drop the term “illegal immigrant”. The Public Insight Network basically wants to know the public’s opinion on what they think undocumented immigrants should be referred to as in journalism. I’ve personally have been using the term “undocumented immigrant” for quite some time now, but I’ve recently come to question it after reading this Atlantic Wire piece in where they quote the Los Angeles Times’reasoning about why they think this term is sometimes inaccurate. According to them:
‘Illegal immigrants’ is overly broad and does not accurately apply in every situation. The alternative suggested by the 1995 guidelines, ‘undocumented immigrants,’ similarly falls short of our goal of precision. It is also untrue in many cases, as with immigrants who possess passports or other documentation but lack valid visas.
To me this makes a lot of sense and this why I checked “undocumented immigrant” and also “other”. I explained my reasoning for choosing “other” in the box below, where I wrote that the term “immigrant without proper documentation” can also be an option when speaking of individuals that are residing within the country with a passport or other documentation, but who do not have a valid, for example, working or resident visa. Anyway, I highly recommend everyone mosey on over to the poll and share their opinion. It’s important to remember that the term “illegal” has been turned into a noun that dehumanizes people, so definitely consider that when you take the poll.
By the way, I received the Public Insight Network poll link from follower pag-asaharibon in response to this post I published yesterday. He runs a solid blog covering politics, environmental issues, Arizona news, and technology, among other interesting material. I definitely recommend following.