Testimonios As A Humanizing Pedagogy By Laura Ochoa

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Immigration is a broad topic with distinctive and important characteristics that have contributed to different fields of study. Often times scholars focus on the integration of newly arrived immigrants into American society; while other scholars focus on the enforcement and regulation of laws for immigrants entering the United States. In the paper, “Documenting the Undocumented: Testimonios as a Humanizing Pedagogy,” Laura Ochoa takes a firm emotional stance by providing documentation of two immigrants’ personal experiences. Ochoa encourages immigrants to speak out and invites immigration commentators to start listening to those directly involved in the issue. In contrast, in his essay “We’ve Been Here Before: America and the Dynamic of Immigration,” …show more content…
mutually agree that media perspective on the issue of immigration has profoundly influenced how migrants are perceived by the public. On one hand, Barone advocates for the ‘Americanization’ of immigrants arguing that “a distorted form of multiculturalism, propagated by left-wing academics and by media and corporate elites, holds that all cultures are morally equal, except ours [American],” (15). For a nation organized principally around the idea of openness and opportunity, Barone’s rhetoric further advances the argument that immigration tends to amount to an existential threat. As opposed to Barone, Ochoa feels that “both the media and [diplomatic] … debates over immigration simply revolve around economic and political aspects, while ignoring the human perspective,” (50). While media does present useful knowledge, the stance it shares has been proven to influence the social acceptance of migrants. Merolla et al. in their research study concluded that “the fact that mainstream news media outlets made little reference to undocumented immigrants (as opposed to illegal immigrants) may limit the extent to which the term resonates with the general public and is associated with more positive or neutral stances towards the group,” (800). Though the authors might not fully agree with each other, they are able to point out the biases of media coverage, and demand for more unbiased portrayal on the …show more content…
Although Ochoa, Barone, and Merolla et al. argue different approaches toward immigration, together they present a concise narrative on the issue. Ochoa presents readers with accounts from immigrants about their migrating experience, while Barone discloses historical actions the government has undertaken in regards to immigration. Likewise, Merolla et al. study demonstrates that framing does affect the actions taken to solve the issue of immigration in the United States. Individuals following the discourse of immigration can only remain optimistic, yet realistic on the future of this

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