Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-4-2019

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


Illegal immigration has been an ongoing social problem, leading to a great deal of variety in public opinions. Conservative media have propagated fear of illegal immigration and have influenced their viewers' perception. This past year, media coverage has been used to promote ideas on illegal immigration. The different coverages were used to explain their own examples of what they thought about the current immigration issue. Due to this, people were influenced to create their own opinions based on the information broadcasted. The framing theory implies that an individual preferred media influences their perception of illegal immigration. Using Chapman's survey of American fears, I analyzed how the fear of illegal immigration is related to media choices. To what extent does media influence the fear of illegal immigration, and if the fear of illegal immigration is formed only through media influence. The analysis of the responses focused on the correlation between fear and media influence. There is a significant relationship between the fear of illegal immigration and conservative media coverage. The analyses revealed that media influence is related to an increased fear of illegal immigration. The findings determined that the person's media preference will shape their public opinion on illegal immigration.


Presented at the Fall 2019 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.