Findings from several survey experiments with registered voters demonstrate that immigration advocates ought to be very careful in how they sequence issues of race and ethnicity in the conversation about immigration policy reform. We find that communications about policy reforms that remind the public that the primary beneficiaries of reform are likely to be racial or ethnic minorities fail to successfully elevate policy support, while frames that emphasize mutual benefits across groups and interconnectedness prove far more effective in building support for immigration policies. We present empirical evidence from alternative frames that do elevate support for immigration reform and provide examples from our Talking Disparities Toolkit about how advocates can structure more effective frames.
To Advance More Humane Refugee Policies, We Must Reframe the Debate
FrameWorks’ newly-announced CEO Nat Kendall-Taylor comments on a contemporary concern in Open Democracy, a website for debate about international politics and culture.
Highlighting Shared Humanity and Prosperity to Advance Immigration Solutions
To build support for progressive immigration reform in the United States, advocates must turn away from “us versus them” framing, and toward language that emphasizes shared humanity,...