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Friday, September 13, 2013

Ind. Law - "The Term ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Going Out Of Style"

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee wrote this story, which appeared in ThinkProgress on June 19, 2013 and began:

A Pew research study released this week found that the use of the phrase “illegal alien” has declined in 2013 compared to its usage during other periods of time when immigration-relevant legislation was in the news.

Overall the use of the term “illegal alien” diminished to five percent of all news articles surveyed by Pew in 2013 as compared to 2007 when it accounted for 21 percent of terms used. The alternative term “undocumented immigrant,” one favored by immigration advocates, has increased to 14 percent in 2013. Pew has studied the use of such terms in 1996, 2002, 2007, and 2013– four major periods of American history in which immigration legislation was being considered.

Here is the Pew article, where Emily Guskin wrote:
The use of “illegal alien,” a term considered insensitive by many, reached its low point in 2013, dropping to 5% of terms used. It had consistently been in double digits in the other periods studied, peaking at 21% in 2007.
The specific periods looked at in the study did not include 2009, which was the date of Martinsville attorney Joseph B. Barker’s letter for which he was suspended for 30 days last week by the Supreme Court in In re Barker.

Notably, a Westlaw search shows "illegal alien" used 57 times in Indiana cases. Some within recent months: Supreme Court (June 25, 2013, ftnote on p. 10); Court of Appeals (July 30, 2013, p. 8).

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 13, 2013 05:33 PM
Posted to Indiana Law