This is a past event.

The Borders of Truth: Misinformation in the Immigration Debate

For the first time since they began asking the question, a recent Gallup poll found that Americans now want more immigration (34%) to the U.S. than those who want less (28%), with the remaining being satisfied with current levels. And a huge majority of Americans (74%) want legal status for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Yet despite this consensus, the national conversation about immigration seems to be getting uglier, and political gridlock on the issue worse. Why? In this livestreamed event, join Professor Sophia Jordán Wallace (UW) to explore how misinformation, myths, and media stereotypes have hobbled our ability to talk meaningfully about immigration, and made immigration reform in Congress more difficult. She will also draw parallels to the rise of misinformation about the 2020 election. What can we learn from America’s polarized attitude toward immigration over the past 30 years? Can we use it to better understand the current political moment, and find a way to move forward? This event is part of Humanities Washington’s initiative “Re:building Democracy,” a deep dive into the state of democracy, voting, and civic engagement.