Tucked in among the plethora of hearing aid ads aimed at its mostly senior readership, the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper’s headline, “Regents reject step toward lower migrant tuition,” sits atop a report bemoaning the fact that the Arizona Board of Regents rejected a motion to lower tuition for…..you guessed it …..”undocumented” students.
The República’s brief report uses the term “undocumented immigrants” 8 times, twice in abutting sentences. Although much of the anorexic newspaper’s feed is sourced from AP, this article was written by staffer Anne Ryman.
The article would be laughable if not so bizarre. Written in accordance with the latest AP Stylebook standards outlined in ‘Illegal immigrant’ no more, in which Senior VP and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll last April explained the changing manner of “how we describe people living in a country illegally.”
The Washington Times editorially addresses this attempt at language control by correctly stating altering words “doesn’t’ change facts.” The Times contends the term “illegal alien” is highly specific and accurately describes the problem, unlike “undocumented immigrant,” which purposefully removes a stigma that should rightly remain.
In December 2010 Seeing Red AZ reported that the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists was calling on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage. Seeing Red AZ will continue to use the appropriate term “illegal aliens” to describe those invading our nation. We direct you to our primer “How to decipher Republicese,” which includes a link to the popular “Lingo.”
In 2006 a law (Prop. 300), passed by 71 percent of state voters prohibited “a student who does not have lawful immigration status from qualifying as an in-state student for tuition purposes.” It also prevents such students from receiving any financial aid paid from state funds. The in-state and non-resident tuition and mandatory fee schedules can be seen here.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has said the intention of the law is clear and in June he sued the community college district for violating state law by giving such benefits to illegal alien students. Bravo to Horne for enforcing the law!