As a journalist, I empathize with the editors' dilemma. No matter what term the AP uses, feathers will be ruffled, and birds will squawk. But when AP style entails telling reporters not to use an honest description, it strays from the mission of reporting into the land of exhorting.
About 11 million illegal immigrants do exist. The only way to change that status quo is to change the law, if Washington so chooses. Until that day, it's not the AP's job to rewrite the law or rewrite its stylebook to obscure that law.
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