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Keywords

discourse, health policy, immigration policy, immigrants, immigrant health, media images, media representation, metaphors, migrants, violence

 

Authors

  1. McGuire, Sharon OP, PhD, FNP-BC, TCN-A
  2. Canales, Mary K. PhD, RN

Abstract

An increasing vitriolic anti-immigrant discourse has grown in media venues in the last several years, creating a climate of fear and hatred of immigrants that has spawned violence against some of them at individual and systemic levels. Historically, metaphors have been used to create a public acceptance of policies of discrimination, racism, and even genocide of targeted social groups, including immigrants. This article examines the use of such metaphors, juxtaposing an analysis of nursing journal articles regarding immigrant health, and of major nursing organizations for policy statements that might support immigrant healthcare.