The Language of Immigration: From Rhetoric to Dialogue

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.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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