Jose Antonio Vargas is asking news organizations to stop using the term “illegal immigrant,” saying it’s inhumane and inaccurate.
During his keynote speech at the Online News Association conference on Friday, Vargas said his first two targets will be The New York Times and the Associated Press. Vargas told Politico he has spoken with New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan about the issue and plans to talk with the Associated Press’ standards editors about it.
In an email interview, Sullivan said she’s open to hearing Vargas’ thoughts and has been familiarizing herself with the Times' reasoning for using the term "illegal immigrant." (more...)