No human being is illegal, says the Associated Press, even though some people do take up residence in this country without legal permission.
Count this as a victory. Colorlines, Presente, and the journalist Jose Antonio Vargas have worked long and hard for this day.
Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll of the Associated Press explains:
Good for the AP; this suggested change in reporters' usage will percolate through the society gradually. It will help move discussions of comprehensive immigration reform in a more humane direction. After all, no human is "illegal."