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a family looks towards metal bars marking the United States border where it meets the Pacific Ocean

A household seems in the direction of steel bars marking america border the place it meets the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2016. (AP photograph by Gregory Bull)

“If rights aren’t enforced, do they actually exist?” asks Beverly Crawford, a professor emerita of political science and worldwide and space research at UC Berkeley. “We are able to say, ‘Sure, they exist,’ but when they’re not enforced, folks could be handled as if their rights don’t exist … As soon as an individual steps exterior their very own borders, let’s say they’re fleeing persecution, or they’re fleeing poverty, or they’re fleeing environmental disaster or catastrophe, they’re rightless, as if their rights don’t exist.”

Portrait of Beverly Crawford

Beverly Crawford (UC Berkeley photograph)

Crawford, former director of Berkeley’s Middle for European and German Research, gave a lecture, “Lies about migrants: immigration coverage in a time of post-truth politics,” on Oct. 16, 2019, as a part of a sequence of talks sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Studying Institute (OLLI). Through the lecture, she mentioned two issues in formulating immigration coverage that results in dehumanization — the absence of migrant rights and rival nationwide identities. For instance, within the U.S., there are rival definitions of what it means to be an American for Americans. However, she says, it occurs in different nations, too.

“What now we have seen is the rise of the intense proper wing to dominate the narrative about immigration, each in america and in Europe,” Crawford continues. “What’s occurred is, this excessive proper, which dominates the narrative, has created a false narrative, and has turned to the weaponization of dehumanizing phrases and footage to manage the narrative based mostly on folks’s concern and emotion, and the formulation of an exclusionist immigration coverage. We don’t have a complete immigration regulation now.”

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