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You cannot underestimate the impact of words. When journalists get important terms wrong, it might not just be a factual error but they may be pushing a stereotype or stoking xenophobia.

When it comes to reporting on immigration, it is easy to make these mistakes.

To help you tread the line correctly, El Paso Matters reporter René Kladzyk has covered and defined all the essential immigration vocabulary. Although some of these terms are specific to the US, most of her tips are applicable in any country.

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