The Drop the I-Word campaign to eliminate use of the word "illegal" was launched in September 2010 as anti-immigrant sentiment and hate crimes against communities of color had increased. Powered by immigrants and diverse communities across the country, Drop the I-Word has worked steadily through advocacy and coverage at to present the dehumanizing and inaccurate aspects of the i-word, give space for immigrants to tell their stories, and to highlight the history behind the term "illegal" and other dehumanizing language. By Spring 2013, the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other news outlets dropped the i-word, affecting millions of readers daily nationwide. Drop the I-Word continues to advocate for change at the NY Times, Washington Post, and media outlets everywhere.

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I will not call any human being "illegal." The racially charged slur and related terms confuse the immigration debate, fuel violence and don't reflect my values. I join communities nationwide in challenging all media to do the same.

No le llamaré "ilegal" a ningún ser humano. Este insulto racial y palabras asociadas confunden el debate migratorio, emprenden la violencia y no reflejan mis principios. Me uno a comunidades al nivel nacional exigiéndole a los medios de comunicación que hagan igual.

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More Accurate terms

The epithet “illegals” promotes a culture of intolerance and violence toward foreign nationals, undocumented immigrants, and people of color. Say these instead:

  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Unauthorized immigrants
  • NAFTA refugee
  • More in our toolkit

Términos Precisos

El epíteto "ilegales" promueve la cultura de la intolerancia y la violencia hacia los extranjeros, los migrantes indocumentados, y la gente de color. Hay otros términos que podemos usar, por ejemplo:por ejemplo:

  • Migrantes indocumentados
  • Migrantes no-autorizados
  • Refugiados por tratados de libre comercio
  • Vea más en el estuche de herramientas

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How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair—and Changed Immigration Politics

How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair--and Changed Immigration Politics

by Gabriel Thompson on Tuesday, September 13 2011, 9:33AM

GOP strategists have won the messaging war—and Democrats have conceded defeat. Gabriel Thompson tells the long, sad story of D.C.’s immigrant-bashing rhetoric.

Who’s Dropping It?

¿Quién esta dejando el epíteto?

  • Alternet
  • Feministing
  • Freespeech TV
  • GritTV
  • In These Times
  • LinkTV
  • Ms. Magazine
  • The Nation Institute
  • Uprising Radio

See the full list of media outlets and organizations that have pledged to stop the dehumanizing use of the word “illegal”.

Vea la lista completa de organizaciones y fuentes periodísticas que han prometido no usar la deshumanizante palabra “I”.