In an editorial published by the Washington Post the term "illegal" immigrant was not used as much as it could have been. There is actually a sentence where the Post describes Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio: "In fact, his policies and tactics have gone far beyond any reasonable response to the challenges posted by undocumented immigrants."
Even using the term "undocumented" once in an article is an improvement. I recently asked an unnamed reporter of a national newspaper why he used "illegal" instead of "undocumented." He said that the term "illegal" was what people knew - he was using what was most familiar.
Thanks to the WAPO for helping make "undocumented" a more familiar word.
A small gift for Christmas.
The Post’s View
Washington Post Editorial Board, December 21, 2011