Quick Stats on U.S. Immigration:
Immigrant stories are often underrepresented in the media.
This often results in misconceptions and biases towards immigrants by U.S. Citizens.
Misrepresentation of migrant stories and misconceptions over immigration to the U.S. has led to a disconnect between fact and fiction. Many American’s believe much of the erroneous information they read and hear, based from sensational news articles, biased and fabricated rumors, and incorrect personal opinions. This issue results in a tumultuous echo-chamber effect that generates new misinformation and exacerbates the prevalent issue.
Can you spot the "real" news?
Click the headline:
Examples of Misconceptions about U.S. Immigration:
When Americans were asked what they believed the amount of immigrants were undocumented, their responses were almost equally split half and half. Compared to the real split, it’s clear there is a disconnect with personal beliefs and actual fact.
Americans believe that 27% of immigrants are unemployed. Looking at the real data, you can see this belief is wrong.
According to this infographic, Mexico makes up 17% of all U.S. immigration, moving across our southern border. But this does not even make up a quarter of the total migrants.
Where do these misconceptions come from?
These headlines all contain: sensational wording, targeting, negativity focus, and definitive framing of story events that contribute to a further distortion of factual narratives.
Our original goal for this project was to acknowledge the existence of false information when reporting about immigration. We wanted to show straight numbers and explain the significance of this data. We believe that only real opinions can be formed by looking at straight data and personal testimony. Sadly, when not looking for specific data on your own, this information can be smothered by sensationalized titles, political agendas, and straight-up false information.
How can we combat this problem? To start, find the source of where this information is coming from. Reputable sources will always have their gathered info listed in some way for viewers to check the info themselves. Next, find articles using personal testimonies. Many times, these accounts are glossed over and more so left out entirely, for the sake of time and effort. Taking the time to find personal stories will give you the most authentic and trustworthy information to base your opinions on. Furthermore, you can contact and ask these people your questions for yourself. Another way to fact check can be just a simple Google search to reassure your information lines up with other sources.
Project by: Filip Graniczny, John Jones, Oscar Saenz, Ben Luppen, James Joseph
University of Denver, 2019