Statement by Fernando Chavez, son of Cesar Chavez, on the New York Times' announcement regarding the use of the word "illegal." Chavez delivered a MoveOn.org petition signed by over 51,000 people started by his mother, Helen Chavez, to the New York Times today urging them to stop using the word "illegal" when referring to immigrants.
"We are encouraged by the New York Times' announcement that it will urge reporters to use terms other than 'illegal' to describe individuals who have overstayed their visas or entered the United States without documentation. Describing human beings as 'illegal' is inappropriate and degrading. We will watch closely to see whether reporters take this recommendation to heart, or whether further action is needed."
SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://signon.org/sign/it-is-never-too-late