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Master of Arts in English Composition
There are numerous websites emphasizing the idea that immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants from Latin American countries, are to blame for the decline of the United States. What allows these sites to be so persuasive is that they created a united U.S. front by erasing the differences between different groups, thereby construcing a united "American" identity. At the same time, in opposition to this identity, the sites created an 'illegal' that groups Hispanics. This author argues that attempts to discuss immigration have more to do with enacting a scapegoat that may be blamed for America's ills.
Lewis, Aldo Quiroz, "A Burkean analysis of anti-immigration websites: Recurring scapegoating rhetorical moves" (2011). Theses Digitization Project. 3982.