Discursive de/humanizing: A multimodal critical discourse analysis of television news representations of undocumented youth

Ruth M. López


This article addresses television news coverage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2010, which would have created a path to legal residency for thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Considering the role that news media play in socially constructing groups of people, through an analysis of English- and Spanish-language evening television news coverage of the DREAM Act of 2010, the author examined discursive practices used to represent undocumented youth in both dehumanizing and humanizing ways. The author discusses the implications of these types of discourses for education policy understanding by the public and education stakeholders.


Immigrant students; undocumented immigrants; critical discourse analysis; media analysis; critical race theory; race; racialization

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.28.4972

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