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  • Petitioned The New York Times

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The New York Times

Stop the undignifying use of the tern "Illegal Immigrant"

    1. Petition by

      Dariana Arias

      Washington, DC

I’m a human being… Born and raised in this planet; I belong to the human race. I am not from outer space, nor illegitimate in any way, shape, or form.

Going 65mph in a school zone is illegal; underage drinking is illegal; production, distribution, and sale of certain drugs is illegal in various places; racketeering is illegal; using billions of dollars from taxpayers’ money to bailout irresponsible banks is illegal, as far as I’m concerned…

Why are we, immigrants, placed under the category of “illegal”? What are we “illegal” for? Breathing? Existing? Surviving? Working? Aren’t we, immigrants, worthy of respect, human dignity and integrity? I want my dignity and the dignity of every single immigrant in this country, regardless of their immigration status, to be recognized, especially by the New York Times.

According to the NYT Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, banning the use of the term, “illegal immigrant” in articles won’t benefit readers… I guess Ms. Sullivan forgot the genesis of what is known today as the United States of America.

Please help me in informing the New York Times that No Human Being is “Illegal.” Join me in the struggle for respect and human dignity, and tell the NYT to stop the use of the term “Illegal Immigrant” and instead start using the word “undocumented.” Human dignity is not a privilege, is a right. Tell the NYT to drop the “I” word!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Vicki Laden BERKELEY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My issue!

    • Katie Ison BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because in some circumstances, it's not the individual's fault for being "illegal," like if they were brought to America as children. So saying they're illegal when they've done nothing wrong is unfair and unnecessary.

    • Cecilia Garcia BROWNSVILLE, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I don't like to be discriminated.

    • Oscar Fernandez WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 2 years ago

      The term makes an unfair characterization of people that leads to unfair decisions about their fate in the country.

      • about 2 years ago

      Dawit Yohannes


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