'We Are Touching a Nerve Across This Country': Paper Stands by Word 'Illegals'
A California newspaper, the Santa Barbara News-Press, recently featured front-page headlines that used the word "illegals" to describe immigrants who are living in the United States illegally.
Several days after the first headline ran, the newspaper's offices were vandalized with paintball splatters and graffiti that read: "Fight back" and "The border is illegal not the people who cross it."
In the following days, demonstrators gathered outside the building, chanting and marching in protest of the "racist" word "illegals," while others came out in support of the paper.
Another more recent front-page article that featured the word "illegals" was written by Scott Steepleton, the city editor at News-Press.
Steepleton asserted on "Fox and Friends Weekend" this morning that the newspaper used an appropriate term to describe people who are living in the country illegally.
He added that News-Press has used the word "illegals" for at least 10 years and they are standing by their choice of language.
"We don't believe in capitulating to people who are going to tell us how to run our newspaper," Steepleton said. "We don't ask people what we should write beforehand and we're not going to ask people what we should write beforehand going forward."
He said he believes that many other newspapers and editors have changed their language due to pressure from the public.
"We are a private business in the United States of America in the state of California and we are choosing to run ourselves the way we see fit," Steepleton stated.
"I think the fact that people across the country have subscribed to our paper online, through NewsPress.com after this thing has erupted, shows that we are touching a nerve across this country, that people are sick and tired of a lawlessness everywhere in the United States."
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