By Chris Haynes,Jennifer Merolla,S. Karthick Ramakrishnan
The authors research media insurance of a number of key immigration coverage issues—including mass deportations, finished immigration reform, and measures enthusiastic about immigrant kids, resembling the DREAM Act—to chart how information assets around the ideological spectrum produce particular “frames” for the immigration debate. long ago few years, liberal and mainstream shops have tended to border immigrants missing felony prestige as “undocumented” (rather than “illegal”) and to strategy the subject of legalization via human-interest tales, usually pointing out teenagers. Conservative shops, however, are likely to talk about legalization utilizing impersonal information and invoking the rule of thumb of legislation. but, whatever the media’s ideological positions, the authors’ surveys express that “negative” frames extra strongly impact public aid for various immigration guidelines than do optimistic frames. for example, survey individuals who have been uncovered to language portraying immigrants as law-breakers looking “amnesty” tended to oppose legalization measures. whilst, aid for legalization was once better while members have been uncovered to language bearing on immigrants dwelling within the usa for a decade or more.
Framing Immigrants exhibits that regardless of heated debates on immigration around the political aisle, most people has but to shape a constant place on undocumented immigrants. by means of studying how the media affects public opinion, this publication offers a priceless source for immigration advocates, policymakers, and researchers.
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