Rhetoric

Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Administration, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Talking Turkey—and all the Trimmings—on Immigration in 2014

My daughter, who is now in high school, casually mentioned to me that she had been talking to the receptionist in the school counselor’s office about the new deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens and kids. She told the receptionist that this represents a great community service opportunity for high school kids who […]

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Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Executive Action, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Measuring the Response to Executive Action

Estimating who may be eligible for immigration relief is always a tricky process. Their status puts them at certain risk and keeps them “in the shadows,” which has long made them difficult to count. Couple that with a strong lack of government data on them (remember Census forms do not inquire about immigration status) and […]

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The Truth Behind the Fear-Mongering Around Immigration Executive Action

Written by on November 18, 2014 in Executive Action, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 4 Comments
The Truth Behind the Fear-Mongering Around Immigration Executive Action

The anti-immigrant crowd’s latest arguments against executive action are emerging. Not surprising, they are no different than the ones they have long levied against legislative efforts at immigration reform. Their linguistic fear-mongering includes the mischaracterization of temporary reprieves from deportation as amnesty/green cards and citizenship for all, as well as pushing the myth that immigrants […]

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Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

Written by on October 20, 2014 in Myths, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Immigration Restrictionists Exploit Ebola Tragedy

As the Ebola outbreak continues to take lives in West Africa, restrictionists have predictably started their  “crusade” to ban travel from West African countries. Specifically, over the past few weeks, nativist groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as well as some lawmakers started criticizing […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Written by on October 16, 2014 in Elections, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Many opponents of immigration reform view the U.S. job market as a playing field upon which two teams compete: the native-born and immigrants. From this perspective, every job gained by one side amounts to a job lost by the other. And so every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job […]

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Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

Written by on July 25, 2014 in Children, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 12 Comments
Restrictionists Spread Unfounded Rumors About Migrant Children and Disease

More often than not, anti-immigrant groups use their hateful rhetoric to blame immigrants for all of our nation’s ills. On a regular basis, restrictionist groups release reports that portray immigrants as criminals, terrorists, a threat to American workers, an economic and fiscal burden, or an obstacle to national unity, to mention just a few. The […]

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What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Elections, Rhetoric with 1 Comment
What This Primary Season Teaches Politicians About Leaning-In To Immigration

Within minutes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic primary defeat to an obscure Tea Party candidate on Tuesday, political strategists and media pundits began to weigh the role immigration reform played in his loss. Some even began to sound the death knell for immigration legislation this year. To determine whether Cantor won or lost […]

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Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Grupo Nativista Insta al Partido Republicano a Alejarse Aún Más de la Comunidad de Inmigrantes

Los grupos anti-inmigrantes utilizan periódicamente una táctica común que consiste en hacer circular informes que advierten a los legisladores y al público en general acerca del carácter supuestamente amenazante de los inmigrantes. Estos informes tienden a retratar a los inmigrantes como una carga económica y fiscal, una amenaza para la integración social, o una amenaza […]

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Nativist Group Urges Republican Party to Further Alienate the Immigrant Community

Written by on April 17, 2014 in Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Urges Republican Party to Further Alienate the Immigrant Community

Anti-immigrant groups periodically use a common tactic of circulating reports warning lawmakers and the general public about immigrants’ supposedly threatening character. These reports often consist of portraying immigrants as an economic and fiscal burden, a threat to societal integration, or a political menace to an idealized status quo. Following the latter idea, the Center for […]

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Nativist Group Blames Students for Texas Budget Gap

Written by on January 21, 2014 in Children, Economics, Nativists, Restrictionists, Rhetoric, Students with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Blames Students for Texas Budget Gap

In a case of creative accounting, the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is blaming students for the fiscal woes of Texas. In a new report, FAIR lumps together students who are unauthorized immigrants with U.S.-born students who have unauthorized parents and claims that they are all costing Texas taxpayers astronomical sums in educational […]

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