To: News Media Outlets

News Media: Use "Unauthorized Immigrants" In Place of "Illegal Immigrants."

Stop the use of the terms "illegals," "illegal aliens" and "illegal immigrants." Use "Unauthorized immigrants" instead!

Why is this important?

News outlets have used and abused terms like "illegal aliens," "illegal immigrants" or "illegals" in news stories about immigrants in this country who do not have the proper authorization to live and work in this country. Such use has not only fueled violent anti-immigrant sentiments but has de-humanized and criminalized people whose only "crime" is to seek a better life, contribute to American society and keep their families together.