The Language of Immigration: From Rhetoric to Dialogue

The Language of Immigration: From Rhetoric to Dialogue

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Institute for Peace & Justice Theater

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) hosted a public discussion on the rhetoric associated with immigration policy. Focusing on the language of immigration, terms like "dreamer, "alien” and "illegal" used by opposing camps to refer to a phenomenon that has divided this country since its birth were examined. The language of immigration has changed over the last decade, as important shifts in policy have taken place. To the degree that it has become more uncompromising, it gives rise to the need to consider the implications of these changes for immigrants and society at large. Given the large undocumented population, the time is opportune to have a broad discussion that focuses on the language used in policy-making, the media, and by the general public. To view the full video of the event, please click here.


Jose Antonio Vargas, Filipino American journalist, 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Breaking News Reporting;
Peter Schrag, reporter, editorial writer and author of the book: Not Fit for Our Society, Immigration and Nativism in America (the book will be available for sale and the author will be signing books after the event); and
Anthony Marquez, Bureau Chief at Associated Press

Moderated by Olivia Ruiz, TBI Senior Analyst for Migration and Immigration Policy

Featuring Denise Ducheny, TBI senior analyst of Sustainable Economic Development, among others.

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