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AP stylebook warns media: They're not 'Dreamers'

A woman holds up a signs in support of the Obama administration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, during an immigration reform rally at the White House in Washington last month. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The AP Stylebook, a sticker for detail, is scolding media outlets to stop using the word "Dreamers" for the 800,000 illegal immigrants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program just killed by President Trump.

In a series of six tweets, the Associated Press said that not only are many of the young adults not classified as "Dreamers," the so-called Dream Act never even passed Congress.

"Don't use DREAMer or Dreamer to describe DACA recipients. The DREAM Act was a federal proposal similar to DACA that was never approved," said the Stylebook site.

"Use 'Dreamer' to describe DACA recipients only in direct quotes or with quote marks for the purpose of explaining the term," AP tweeted, adding, "Example: They are often referred to as 'Dreamers,' based on the never-passed DREAM Act that would have provided similar protections."

Several media outlets, notably the Washington Post, use the term interchangably for DACA recipients. Trump has also used the term freely.

Critics say the term puts a positive spin on the immigrants brought to the U.S. as teens.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com