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Is The Immigration Debate On Television News About People Or Borders?

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When the immigration debate is covered on television news, is about physical walls or about people? The timeline below shows total mentions of the physical border and wall over the past decade, showing a steady ramping up of coverage as Donald Trump campaigned for president and a surge as he turned his attention to expanding the border wall. Coverage dropped during the pandemic and has increased again this year.


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Fox News has covered the border far more than its peers over the past decade.


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In contrast, the timeline below shows total mentions of immigrants themselves, focusing on the people behind the debate. Mentions surge during Donald Trump's candidacy and presidency and drop sharply during the pandemic before recovering again earlier this year.



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As with the border itself, Fox News has covered immigrants more than its peers.


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Comparing the two timelines, we see that from the data's start in 2009 through 2013, the border received more attention than immigrants themselves, whereas from 2013 to late 2018 the two received roughly similar coverage, before the border took over again.


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