September 21, 2017

Is California at ‘war’ with the president?

On Wednesday, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit in San Diego against the federal government, alleging President Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border violates federal environmental protection laws and the U.S. Constitution. The suit, which includes the California Coastal Commission as a plaintiff, alleges construction would involve an improver waiver of […]

September 17, 2017

The protests in Washington: When there’s no drama, add some

Multiple protests took place in the National Mall federal park in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. They included a “Juggalo” protest and concert, the “Mother of All Rallies,” a “White Supremacists Out of Washington!” march and a rally demanding action in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The “Juggalos” are fans of the rap band “Insane […]

September 5, 2017

The DACA repeal: Beware of vague media reports

On Tuesday morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is “being rescinded.” The program began in 2012 under the Obama administration. It has granted 2-year renewable work permits and other benefits, such as participation in the social security program, to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants — also […]

August 9, 2017

Chicago’s suit against the DOJ: When spin supplants data

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions commented on a federal lawsuit filed against him by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The suit, filed on Aug. 7, asks the court to stop the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from enforcing a new immigration policy requiring cities to comply with certain conditions in order to receive federal […]

August 1, 2017

The spin, slant and logic of Trump’s tweets on immigration

Since announcing his candidacy for president, U.S. President Donald Trump has sent 98 tweets using the word “immigration” or “immigrant.”1 We analyzed all of them for their spin, slant, logic and accuracy, and found many distortions. Some of them oversimplify what’s essentially a complex, multi-pronged issue that many countries—not just the U.S.—struggle to balance. Here are our spin, slant and logic ratings […]

June 28, 2017

Two ways the media dramatizes the SCOTUS ruling on Trump’s executive order

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow President Donald Trump’s administration to enforce a limited version of its March executive order titled, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.” The order, which has been referred to as a “travel ban,” outlined terms for temporarily preventing citizens of six […]

May 8, 2017

Two logical fallacies in the Texas immigration bill coverage

On Sunday night, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill directing agencies in the state, such as law enforcement departments, to uphold federal immigration laws. Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, which passed in the Republican-majority state legislature last week, and broadcasted the signing ceremony over the Facebook Live streaming service. The law is scheduled to […]