The Associated Press has dropped the phrase "illegal immigrant" from its stylebook, a victory for immigrant advocates who argue that the term is biased against the people it describes.


Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

"The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person," a blog post from AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains. "Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally."