Like y'all, we've been watching the news. A LOT. It's full of anti-immigrant rhetoric and false and misleading information about migrants. Representation in TV shows also reinforces these harmful myths.
Migrants are depicted as the “other” or outsiders, though they’re integral community members. They’re also repeatedly portrayed as criminals and sometimes as violent.
These harmful depictions and misrepresentations fuel the public’s belief that migrants deserve the cruel treatment they receive (e.g., imprisoned in inhumane detention centers and torn from their families).
This fosters a lack of empathy toward migrants and apathy about changing our broken immigration policies and systems.
In conjunction with @DefineAmerican @GDIGM @Storyline_ we've created a factsheet for authentic storytelling about migrants and stories revolving immigration. It should serve as the start of conversation in your rooms.

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