Does immigration reform ‘sound’ better in 2013 than 2007?

Immigration was last in the public eye – at least for more than a few days – from mid-2005 through mid-2007. That period saw the introduction (and eventual failure) of major immigration legislation, several immigration speeches by President George W. Bush, dozens of rallies and protests across the country, the first widely reported activities of the Minutemen, and the deployment of U.S. National Guard troops to the border.

In a working paper, I reported the results of an analysis of every network television news story about immigration reform aired during this two-year period. Supported by the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media at Syracuse University, the project was designed to find out what Americans were hearing about immigration, and who they were hearing it from. [cont.]

Danny Hayes, GWU (Washington Post)

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