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Immigrants are critical to the vibrancy of American life, and yet they are a common scapegoat for politicians and others who lack meaningful solutions to our economic challenges. The Opportunity Agenda believes the way to push back against the harmful anti-immigration trend is to tell a values-based story that reflects the reality of the contributions immigrants make to our nation and the richness of border communities. We know that our diversity is our strength.

Immigration Messaging & Reports

Messaging Memo

How to Talk About the Leak & the Purported SCOTUS Decision to Overturn...

What Now?! Talking About the Supreme Court

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Research Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In The Opportunity Agenda’s Power of POP research series, we explore...

Power of Pop: What TV Gets Wrong About Getting By

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Discussion Guide

Art & Discussion Guide We believe that ending poverty is within our reach,...

We Can Thrive Together: Visioning Economic Justice for All

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Messaging Memo

As we process, discuss, and continue to respond to the January 6th attack...

Moving Forward: Three Ideas for Talking About the Moment

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Messaging Memo

On March 12, 2019, Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), and Yvette...

5 Tips for Talking About the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6)

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Messaging Memo

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps America, the systemic injustices in our country are...

Talking About COVID-19: Value, Problem, Solution, Action

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Messaging Memo

During these times of crisis and uncertainty, it is critical to pull together...

Justice Reform & Human Rights in a Time of Crisis: Releasing People from Detention

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Messaging Memo

There is much to say about the horror of watching our government imprison...

Talking About Imprisoned Children at the Border

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Messaging Memo

Headlines about the U.S.-Mexico border continue to fill our news feeds and screens...

Talking Border Issues Amidst the Government Shutdown

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Messaging Memo

The First Step Act, which recently passed the Senate with wide bipartisan support,...

Talking About Race and The First Step Act

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Messaging Memo

In the run up to the 2018 midterm elections, a Media Matters study found...

Five Questions to ask when Crafting Messages about Refugees in the Current Climate

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Messaging Memo

​  On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in...

Messaging Advice on The Supreme Court’s Muslim Ban Decision

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Messaging Memo

Updated October 2020 The administration’s willful separation of children from their parents at...

Talking About The U.S. Border: Imprisoned Children, Lost Parents, and Separated Families

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Messaging Memo

  Be cautious. Don’t comment until you’ve seen the facts and the lead...

Six Tips for Responding to Supreme Court Decisions

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Messaging Memo

We all deserve to live in a society that promotes dignity, supports families,...

Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count

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Messaging Memo

​ On April 25, the Supreme Court heard Trump v. Hawaii, one of...

Talking About the Muslim Ban, Trump v. Hawaii

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Messaging Memo

Core Message: Due process is a human right central to the American justice...

Tips for Talking Due Process & Immigration

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Messaging Memo

Introduction This past February, as media reports began to circulate detailing a surge...

Redefining Sanctuary

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Fact Sheet

Immigrant Representation on Television

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Messaging Memo

​Over the last several months, millions of activists, advocates, business leaders, and everyday...

Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values

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Messaging Memo

​ In 2011, the U.S. Justice Department sued then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe...

Tips for Talking about the President’s Pardon of Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Research Summary

The past few months have seen an increased volume of rhetoric that manufactures...

Rise Above: Countering Fear-Based Messaging

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Messaging Memo

​  Introduction As we enter the half way point of Donald Trump’s first...

5 Key Facts: Online Discussion of Immigration in The Trump Era

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Media Analysis

Introduction In the weeks following the 2016 presidential election, and the almost immediate...

Power of Pop: Media Analysis of Immigrant Representation in Popular TV Shows

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Messaging Memo

The immigration experience, one of moving from a familiar home to an uncertain...

Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues

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Messaging Memo

On Monday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed portions of President Trump’s...

Talking About the Muslim Ban

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Messaging Memo

Recent executive orders pose grave threats to our communities and our values. As...

Messaging for Current Conversations

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Messaging Memo

#FightForFamilies The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on President Obama’s executive actions...

Talking United States v. Texas Supreme Court Case on DAPA and expanded DACA+

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Messaging Memo

​ The U.S.-­‐Mexico border and the communities surrounding it represent many things: billions...

Talking About Policing Issues: Border Communities

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​ When drafting responses to the President’s announcement today, please keep in mind...

5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities

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Research Summary

The Opportunity Survey, our national research into public opinion and attitudes on inequality,...

Opportunity Survey

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Messaging Memo

Tips Talk about the values that should guide our criminal justice system. We...

Talking About Immigrants and the Criminal Justice System

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Messaging Memo

Overview Adopted in 1868 and part of the “Reconstruction Amendments,” section 1 of...

Talking about the American Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment

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Messaging Memo

​ When drafting responses to the President’s announcement today, please keep in mind...

5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall

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Legal Policy Brief

​ Many Americans are frustrated with our immigration policies. But research and experience...

Immigration Policy Solutions: Supporting Child Migrants

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Research Summary

​ Numerous reports and several children have reported increasing violence in their home...

Unaccompanied Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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Messaging Memo

When entering or starting conversations about unaccompanied children coming to the United States...

Talking About Unaccompanied Refugee Children Fleeing Harm

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Messaging Memo

A narrative is a set of broad themes and values that help to...

Talking Immigration Issues Today: A Shared Narrative

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Messaging Memo

Upholding Our Values A Commonsense Approach Moving Forward Together Most audiences believe that...

Talking Immigration Issues Today: Due Process and Basic Rights

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Legal Policy Brief

​ Many Americans are frustrated with our immigration policies. But research and experience...

Immigration Policy Solutions: Due Process and Fair Treatment Under the Law

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Media Analysis

What follows is an analysis of mainstream newspaper coverage of the U.S. Supreme...

Coverage of Arizona v. United States, a Challenge to the Constitutionality of Arizona’s SB 1070

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Research Summary

Acknowledgements This report was made possible in part by a grant from the...

In Play

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Messaging Memo

Talking about Arizona’s S.B. 1070, an alarming and incredibly wrong-headed bill, provides immigration...

Uniting Our Voices on Arizona S.B. 1070

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Today’s Immigrants are Diverse and a Part of America’s Fabric As of 2008,...

Why Immigration Matters to All Americans

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Research Summary

This memo lays out recent research with African American audiences and offers ideas...

African Americans and Immigration

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Messaging Memo

It’s time to tell a new story about immigration in this country. Current...

A Core Narrative for Immigration Messaging

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Messaging Memo

An Effective Immigration Narrative A “Core Narrative” is a set of broad themes...

A Winning Narrative on Immigration

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Messaging Memo

When addressing immigration in the current economic climate, it is clear that advocates...

Talking Immigration and Economics

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Media Analysis

​ Acknowledgments This report was made possible in part by a grant from...

Media Content Analysis: Immigration On-The-Air

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Research Report

Acknowledgements This report was written by Meredith King Ledford, MPP, and reviewed by...

The State of Opportunity in America

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Immigration Insights

by The Opportunity Agenda   Happy Labor History Month and AAPI Heritage Month!... Read more

Asian Americans in the Labor Movement

by The Opportunity Agenda When states go to extreme lengths to repress voters... Read more

Q&A: Turning Texas Teal with TOP’s Brianna Brown

by Julie Fisher-Rowe, The Opportunity Agenda With immigration policy at the center of... Read more

Five Tips for Talking Immigration Issues

by Porshéa Patterson-Hurst, The Opportunity Agenda They're not innocent. If you cross the... Read more

Better Together: Families, Immigration, and Community in the U.S.

by Britney Vongdara, The Opportunity Agenda In recent weeks, our social media timelines... Read more

Immigrants are People First, Before They are Workers 

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