Immigration in the News: How the Media Covers the Issue, and How the Public Responds

Monday, March 14, 2016 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)


Immigration in the News: How the Media Covers the Issue, and How the Public Responds

Immigration is one of the most contentious policy issues in American politics. News coverage on the issue is both extensive and diverse. Join us as we discuss the dynamics of immigration in the news with Julian Aguilar, a Reporter for The Texas Tribune who has covered the issue extensively, and Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, a Latino Politics Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Tower Center for Political Studies who will present her research on how news coverage shapes U.S. public opinion on immigration policy.

Aileen Cardona-Arroyo, Latino Politics Post-Doctoral Fellow, SMU

Aileen recently joined the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas as a Post-Doctoral Latino Politics Fellow at the J. G. Tower Center for Political Studies. At SMU, Aileen will be conducting research on Latino politics and immigration, teaching courses on Latino politics and working closely with the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) in Dallas.

A native of San Juan, PR, Aileen Cardona-Arroyo graduated summa cum laude from the Political Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras Campus) in 2009. She then went on to earn an MA in Government from Cornell University in 2013 and in 2016 Aileen will become the first Puerto Rican woman to receive a Ph.D in Government from Cornell University. Her Dissertation, titled Framing Matters: Immigration, the Media and Public Opinion, explores the ways in which media coverage on immigration shapes the American public’s policy attitudes on the issue. In addition to Aileen’s ongoing research on media framing and immigration, she also conducts research on Latino partisanship, political participation and public opinion.

Julián Aguilar, Reporter, The Texas Tribune

Julian_gt6QdKD_jpg_131x197_crop_q100Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border. His focuses include immigration reform and enforcement, voter ID, international trade, border security, and the drug trade. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Before joining the Tribune, he was a freelance writer for the Fort Worth Weekly; a government and crime reporter for the Laredo Morning Times; and a political writer for the Rio Grande Guardian. A native of El Paso, he has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in journalism from the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas.


The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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