The Framing Of Immigration By George Lakoff And Sam Ferguson

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In the article “The Framing of Immigration” the authors, George Lakoff and Sam Ferguson, claim that the United States of America has poor and inefficient discussions on immigration because when the nation frames immigration, this broad subject is inadequately simplified and therefore the debates and arguments are one sided and unfair. Lakoff and Ferguson further support this claim by using hard evidence to demonstrate that the nation is framing immigration by using the illegal frame, the security frame, and the economic frame. The authors argue that when the nation uses the word “illegal immigrant”, the nation is framing immigrants as criminals. The authors begin by stating that the word illegal is a strong and unfair word because the people who are associated with the word illegal are criminals. This implies and frames all immigrants as criminals. Aside from this implication, the authors also demonstrate that the word illegal is unfair by placing the word illegal on other types of people. One example is that if a driver who got a speeding ticket were to be referred to as an “illegal driver” then that would be an extreme title just for a person who committed a minor offense (20). Another example is that if a businessman who didn’t pay his taxes on time were to be referred to as an “illegal businessmen” that would also be an extreme title just for a person who committed a minor offense (20). With these examples the authors make it clear why it is unfair for the nation to

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