69% of Hispanics find the term “illegal immigrant” offensive
There has been plenty of controversy recently surrounding the term “illegal immigrant”; in the last few weeks several media outlets, such as the Associated Press and USA Today, have publicly announced that they are dropping or banning the term from being published outside quotation marks in all of their media outlets.
According to a poll conducted on YaSabe.com, almost 70% of US Hispanics consider the term to be offensive. However, 61% of respondents said they had not seen any news regarding the use –or banning– of the term illegal immigrant; this is probably a product of the fact that few Spanish language media outlets have published stories covering the discussion.
The removal of the term comes on the heels of a possible immigration reform package being considered by the US Senate and several protests in the nation’s capital.
(Poll conducted in Spanish on the YaSabe website between 04/02 and04/08)