Kathleen Carroll, AP Senior Vice President, announced on Tuesday that the term ‘illegal immigrant’ would not be used anymore, calling it a "label." She noted that the AP prefers to label "behavior" rather than "people," writing that instead of using the term "schizophrenic," the AP now prefers saying that one is "diagnosed with schizophrenia." The new AP entry still categorizes illegal immigration, but recommends to avoid using "undocumented immigrant" or an alternative descriptor like "unauthorized" in place of "illegal immigrant."
"Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission," the AP's StyleBook suggests.
The San Antonio Express-News stopped using the term five years ago, and in 2010, the paper stopped using “immigrant” with a modifier altogether, Poynter reported. Rather, the paper would state that somebody had entered the US illegally, and cite a source.