California newspaper vandalized for using term ‘illegals’ to describe illegal immigrants

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Silencing dissent is a trademark of the left, even though police have no idea who is behind the recent attack on a California newspaper for using the term “illegals” to describe illegal immigrants.

The front entrance to the Santa Barbara News-Press was vandalized sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday, Fox News reported. Using bright red paint, the vandals sprayed the message: “The border is illegal, not the people who cross it.”

“The vandalism and the damage speak for itself, as well as the motivation behind it,” said Santa Barbara Police Officer Mitch Jan. “At this point in time, I don’t really have any suspect information. Without cameras or an eyewitness, we really don’t know who would be responsible.”

The deliberate destruction follows some controversy over the use of the word “illegals” in a News-Press headline of a story about California issuing driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally, according to Fox News.

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In part, the controversy can be traced back to April 2013, when the Associated Press dropped the phrase “illegal immigrant,” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person, from the influential AP Stylebook — the stylebook is used as a guide by newspapers across the country.

But the newspaper has no plans to back down from using the term, saying “it is an appropriate term in describing someone as ‘illegal’ if they are in this country illegally.”

“It has been the practice for nearly 10 years at the Santa Barbara News-Press to describe people living in this country illegally as ‘illegals’ regardless of their country of origin,” the newspaper said in a statement. “This practice is under fire by some immigration groups who believe that this term is demeaning and does not accurately reflect the status of  ‘undocumented immigrants,’ one of several terms other media use to describe people in the Unites States illegally.”

In general, BizPac Review adheres to AP Stylebook guidelines, however, when it comes to illegals, or illegal immigrants, we yield to the greater common sense and use the terms freely.

Tom Tillison

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