TitleThe anchor baby
NameCato, Genevieve (author), Decena, Carlos (chair), Sampaio, Anna (internal member), Balakrishnan, Radhika (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
SubjectWomen's and Gender Studies,
Emigration and immigration--United States,
Children of illegal aliens--United States,
United States--Emigration and immigration--Government policy,
United States--Emigration and immigration--Political aspects
DescriptionPolitical rhetoric delivered through sound bites on cable news networks can be easy to dismiss, because there is relatively little nuance in the coverage of political issues. The anchor baby debate from the midterm elections in 2010 is a perfect example. These discursive strands impact our conceptions of ourselves, our relation to society, and our voting behavior. Media-communicated narratives construct subjectivities. These subjects are then made manifest through policy decisions. To address the implications of the coverage of the anchor baby in the midterm elections in 2010 in the United States, I conducted a critical discourse analysis of news segments from Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. A consistent picture of the undocumented immigrant parent of the anchor baby became clear. The discourse reinforces the demonized undocumented immigrant subject, and reaffirms the responsibility of the immigrant mother in passing social ills on to the next generation through birth. The discourse also normalizes the dehumanization of undocumented immigrants in the United States. In order to address the existing injustices experienced by undocumented communities, we must critically engage with the media’s role in constructing and normalizing the criminal undocumented immigrant.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Genevieve Cato
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.