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  • How Trump's Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Mirrors A 1994 California Proposition

    ››› ››› DINA RADTKE

    As presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaigns in California for the state’s June 7 primary, various Hispanic figures have pointed out the similarities between the candidate’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and California’s Proposition 187. The ballot measure, which passed in 1994 and was eventually struck down by the courts, barred immigrants in the country illegally from accessing certain public services in California. Proposition 184 galvanized Latino voters against the GOP. Hispanics are pointing out in the media that Trump’s xenophobic messages could have the same effect on a national scale.

  • How Conservative Media Enabled Trump’s Outrageous Lies


    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and conservative media figures repeatedly enabled each other to spread baseless smears and outright lies throughout the Republican presidential primary election cycle. Voices in conservative media repeatedly legitimized Trump’s debunked conspiracies, policy proposals, and statistics, some of which echoed longtime narratives from prominent right-wing media figures.

  • An Extensive Guide To The Fact Checks, Debunks, And Criticisms Of Trump’s Various Problematic Policy Proposals


    Over the course of the 2016 presidential primary, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has laid forth a series of problematic policy proposals and statements -- ranging from his plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States to his suggestion that the United States default on debt -- that media have warned to be “dangerous,” “fact-free,” “unconstitutional,” “contradictory,” “racist,” and “xenophobic.” Media Matters compiled an extensive list of Trump’s widely panned policy plans thus far along with the debunks and criticism from media figures, experts and fact-checkers that go along with them.

  • To Understand Trump’s Latino Problem, Just Look At Hispanic Media

    Fusion: "The Republican Party, 162, Has Died"

    ››› ››› CRISTINA LOPEZ

    Hispanic media and Latino journalists reacted to the news that Donald Trump is the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee by noting that Trump's anti-immigrant vitriol has made it extremely challenging for the businessman to get the Latino vote he needs in the general election.

  • Media Point To Data To Show "It's Simply Not True" That Latinos Like Trump

    ››› ››› DINA RADTKE

    Media are debunking Trump’s claim that he’s “’number one with Hispanics,’” highlighting polls that show his high unfavorables among Latinos, and research that shows increasing naturalization rates among foreign-born Hispanics may be tied to Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. As one of the most influential Hispanic journalists Jorge Ramos pointed out, Trump’s lack of support from the Latino electorate might make the candidate's path to the White House impossible.

  • Media Takeaways About Latino Vote Post-Super Tuesday

    ››› ››› CRISTINA LOPEZ

    Media analysis of Super Tuesday results is revealing some important takeaways about the Latino vote and how it's impacting the Republican presidential primary race: It would be "close to impossible" for Donald Trump -- let alone any Republican -- to win the White House with the small percentage of the Latino vote he's expected to win in the general election and even more impossible to win with "only the white vote." Super Tuesday election turnout was "heavily white," and any hype around Republican primary victories among Latino voters overlooks the fact that the Latino voter turnout has been unrepresentative of the overall Latino population in the U.S.

  • Media Slam Trump For Invoking A Deadly, "Unabashedly Racist" Deportation Program As A Model For His Immigration Plans


    Media outlets slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for invoking President Dwight Eisenhower's "inhumane" and "unabashedly racist" deportation program as a blueprint for his own immigration plans, explaining that the program -- derogatorily called "Operation Wetback" -- resulted in dozens of immigrant deaths and used methods described as "indescribable scenes of human misery and tragedy."

  • Fusion Calls Out Right-Wing Media's Xenophobic Attacks Against Obama's Plan To Resettle Syrian Refugees

    Blog ››› ››› RACHEL CALVERT

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    Fusion criticized right-wing media's xenophobic fearmongering that the Obama administration's plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year may "leave [the] U.S. vulnerable to attack," explaining that refugees "are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States," and describing how such "hostility can have a negative effect on newly arriving refugees."

    Right-wing media have repeatedly exploited the refugee crisis facing the European Union, to stoke the Islamophobic fear that President Obama's decision to increase the number of refugees displaced by the Syrian civil war who can resettle in the United States could leave the country "open[] for terrorists."

    In a September 14 article, Fusion's Casey Tolan called out right-wing media who are "up in arms," writing "a series of alarmist headlines" and "painting vile caricatures of refugees," to stoke fears about their resettlement, underscoring how such Islamaphobic hostility could hinder the ability of refugees to "thrive in a new home." Tolan also pointed out that, contrary to Fox News' consistent scaremongering, refugees undergo "the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States":

    As the Obama administration looks to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, right-wing media are again up in arms, and the response to the Idaho rumors suggests that local opposition could sprout up across the U.S. That kind of hostility can have a negative effect on newly arriving refugees.

    Since Obama announced the new measures last week, a series of alarmist headlines from the expected right-wing news outlets--as well as myriad blog posts from WordPress sites like "Creeping Sharia" and "Refugee Resettlement Watch"--have been painting vile caricatures of refugees.

    "Will flood of Syrian refugees leave U.S. vulnerable to attack?" asked Fox News.


    Refugees go through multiple security clearances before they reach American soil, he noted. In fact, refugees "are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States," a State Department official told the AFP.

    Once they're approved, the State Department pays for refugees' plane tickets, although they agree to pay the cost back once they're settled. They're sent to one of 180 refugee resettlement centers around the U.S., where they get help finding a job and a place to stay. Refugees get support from the federal government for 90 days.

    Studies have found that refugees' ability to thrive in a new home depends in part on how welcomed they feel by their local community, so the anti-refugee rhetoric that has flared in the past week could have a negative impact on the people coming here.

    "It's not just a matter of the refugees adapting to the host community that they travel to, but the willingness of the host community to adapt to the newcomers," R. Scott Smith, a professor at Utica College who has studied refugees in the U.S., told me. "If there is hostility to the newcomers resettling, that obviously makes the process more difficult... It's like going from one traumatic situation to another."

    In the most successful examples of resettlement, Smith said, host communities recognize the benefits that refugees can bring, such as the potential to revitalize struggling neighborhoods or reverse decreasing population trends.

    Maybe everyone fearmongering about "Muslim colonization" should take a history lesson.

    "People should understand why the United States has the resettlement program," Rwasama said. "When you look at how America was created, this was a land of immigrants, that's what it started as. People that are refugees are people that are victims. They're survivors that are running away from those bad people that everyone is afraid of."