New York Times’ and Wall Street Journal’s Coverage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): A Content Analysis

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This paper investigates how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been depicted in the U.S specifically by examining the media’s coverage of immigration during the Obama and Trump presidencies in two elite newspapers, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal between June 2012 (when DACA was signed into law) and October 2017 (9 months into Trump’s presidential term). The findings from the analysis indicate that the tone of the newspapers’ coverage of DACA was both negative and conflict oriented. The news articles were consistently unfavorable; out of a total of 170 articles analyzed and examined, 53.83% were negatively toned compared to only 14.93% that were positively toned and 31.24% that were neutral.



undocumented students, DACA program, Universities and colleges--Students, social construction