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TitleThe Language of Immigration: From Rhetoric to Dialogue
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659

The University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute will host a public discussion concerning the rhetoric associated with immigration policy on Thursday, October 18th. The discussion will focus on the language of immigration used by opposition parties to reference the continued immigration problems facing the United States.The language of immigration has changed within the last decade in accordance with changes in immigration policy. The use of terms such as “alien,” “dreamer,” and “illegal” are consistently used and have implications for both immigrants and society at large. The public discussion will attempt to shed light on the importance of immigration language used in policy-making, the media, and the general public.

The public discussion will take place at the University of San Diego’s School of Peace and Justice Theater from 9:00am-2:15pm. The event is open to the press.

The agenda of events for the discussion are as follows:

9am-10:30am: A discussion with Jose Antonio Vargas, a Filipino-American journalist, will be held via Skype. This will then translate to a discussion with journalists and column writers, such as Peter Schrag, reporter and editorial writer, Sacramento Bee. This segment of the public discussion will be moderated by Olivia Ruiz, senior policy analyst at the Trans-Border Institute.

10:30am-11:30am: The public discussion will continue with “Voices from the Community”.

11:30am-12:00pm: Lunch will be held in room A-B. A book signing will be held by Peter Schrag, author of Not Fit for Our Society, Immigration and Nativism in America

12:00pm-1:30pm: A close door roundtable discussion will be held with members of the press concerning the language used by the media.

1:30pm-2:15pm: Peter Schrag, Press Availability

Additional Information and to RSVP for the discussion can be found here.

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