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Immigration in the Public Discourse in 2010 is the fourth public discourse analysis we have completed on the subject of immigrants and immigration reform and illustrates how the discourse has continued to evolve.

The passage of Arizona’s harsh, anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) brought the policy debate to a head and underscored the failure of both Congress and the Obama administration to break partisan gridlock and find a national solution. Headlines about mass demonstrations for reform—combined with the fact that quotes from pro-immigrant spokespeople outnumbered quotes from anti-immigrant spokespeople by almost 3 to 1—showed that the immigrant rights movement had the initiative. Media coverage reflected an emerging national consensus about the elements of comprehensive immigration reform; solution-oriented language gave it an aura of inevitability.

As numerous immigration-related issues garnered media attention, online communities became a prevalent voice in the immigration debate in 2010. Overall, most of the Web 2.0 discourse was related. to one of the strictest immigration measures in recent history, Arizona’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070), signed into law in April 2010. Compared to the past few years, 2010 offered some positive and some alerting developments. Our scan took place between June 14 and July 30, 2010.

This Web 2.0 scan identifies the values, images, facts, and arguments that visitors to these sites typically encounter. As these sites continue to become major destinations, people will turn to them for information and activism. We wanted to know what people see on these sites when they search for immigration-related topics.

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