Words most commonly found in mainstream newspaper media coverage  of the SCOTUS ruling on Arizona vs. United States from June 16 through July 6, 2012
Words most commonly found in mainstream newspaper media coverage
of the SCOTUS ruling on Arizona vs. United States from June 16 through July 6, 2012
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This is a new tool for pro-immigrant advocates, policymakers, and other spokespeople to help them understand how newspapers around the country covered the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona v. United States, issued on June 28, 2012. It contains strategic recommendations on how advocates can position their messages in the media and shape the public discourse around SB 1070 and similar unproductive immigration enforcement laws. 

The Opportunity Agenda analyzed mainstream newspaper coverage a few days before and after the Supreme Court's ruling. A sample of the findings include: 

  • Racial profiling concerns prevailed
  • Pro-immigrant advocates dominated over SB1070-proponents
  • Most editorial boards opposed SB 1070, including Section 2(B)
  • There was broad consensus in the reporting that some form of immigration reform is needed
  • Immigrant voices were largely absent from the discourse

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