(Washington Times) News organizations are debating what to call those who are in the U.S. illegally, but for voters the answer is in: They are “illegal immigrants.”

A poll by MWR Strategies, a Republican polling firm, found 62 percent said those in the country without proper authorization are properly called “illegal immigrants.” Just 25 percent of respondents said they were “undocumented workers.”

Those two terms, or variations of them, are doing battle in newsrooms and on Capitol Hill, where immigrant rights advocates say calling someone an illegal immigrant is demeaning, and those on the other side say calling them unauthorized workers is a nonsensical euphemism.

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