Blogs on Immigration Law and Policy

by Greg Siskind

NY Times Changes Policy on Term "Illegal Alien"

The Times is seeking a middle ground - it isn't banning the term, but is asking reporters to be sensitive in using it.

On Tuesday, The New York Times updated its policies on how it uses the phrase “illegal immigrant” in its coverage. The newspaper did not go as far as The Associated Press, and it will continue to allow the phrase to be used for “someone who enters, lives in or works in the United States without proper legal authorization.” But it encourages reporters and editors to “consider alternatives when appropriate to explain the specific circumstances of the person in question, or to focus on actions.”

Philip B. Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards, who oversees The Times’s style manual, made the announcement on Tuesday shortly after a group staged a protest in front of The New York Times headquarters and delivered more than 70,000 signatures to Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The Times, asking her to end the use of the phrase.

Let's see how that goes.

Cato Institute Guest Workers Program Tommorow

I've been invited to join my friend Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration guru at Cato, Tim Kane of the Hudson Institute and moderator Laura Odato, Cato's Director of Government Affairs at a program tomorrow afternoon in Washington at the Capitol Visitor's Center. You can find information about the event here.  We'll be talking about the guest worker provisions in the Senate bill.

Making Immigration Reform Kosher for the Right

Certainly having Grover Norquist testify in favor of reform yesterday didn't hurt (he's been good on this issue for years, by the way). Talking Points Memo's Benjy Sarlin has some of the best coverage of immigration on the web and his story on this subject yesterday is well worth the read. Basically, the strategy involves getting Tea Party folks on board through the help of people like Senator Marco Rubio, getting the evangelical community on board, emphasizing the enforcement triggers in the bill and emphasizing the economic arguments through folks like Mr. Norquist.

About The Author Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at

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