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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org Applauds AP’s Decision to Drop the I-word and Affirm the Humanity of Undocumented Immigrants

April 3, 2013

Los Angeles, CA - Presente.org celebrates the decision by the AP to drop the offensive phrase "illegal immigrant" to describe immigrants who are in the United States with out legal status. We are encouraged by the AP’s leadership and are proud of the role thousands of Presente.org members played in building momentum to end the use of the I-word.

“This is a critical juncture in the struggle to find humane language to describe all people” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. “This effort involved many groups working tirelessly for many years in many places across the country. Dehumanizing language is a precursor to dehumanizing policy, and we view this victory as the first step to real immigration reform and a more humane treatment of immigrants. We are also encouraged by the signals sent by the New York Times that it too may follow suit and drop the I-Word."

Presente.org is proud to have engaged thousands of its members and play an active role in support of the national Drop the I-word Campaign led by the Applied Research Center since 2010 with the participation of many other organizations. Most importantly, we are proud of undocumented immigrants and immigrant leaders for standing up for their dignity and for our community.