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.

"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."