A groundbreaking agreement between California lawmakers and news organizations has officially ended the “voluntary cooperation” between reporters and readers on news about illegal immigration.
“Although we recognize that the media has done a great service to our undocumented immigrants over the years by unofficially altering their language, we are proud to say that era of voluntary cooperation ends today,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
The Immigration Worker Protection Act, which took effect on January 1, has been expanded by executive order to address the official language used by the media when referring to immigrants.
“Beginning immediately, we are transitioning from the unofficial ‘undocumented immigrant’ to the official word ‘resident,'” says an internal Associated Press memo obtained by the Sacramento Brie.
The Brie has been assured that “resident” will soon be replaced by “citizen” although no official date for the change has been established.
“Given the widespread rumors of fake news by President Trump and others,” the memo continues, “it is important to let our reporters and editors know that state law now prohibits them from using unofficial descriptions of California residents.”
AG Becerra was even more direct. “Any news organization that voluntarily cooperates with their readers by contradicting our new California law will be prosecuted to the full extent of that law.”
Becerra, the state’s top law enforcement official, added that news organizations face fines of up to $10,000 per violation, and that ignorance of the law would not be an excuse.