“Bad Hombres” - Racialized Rhetoric in Trump’s Immigration Policy A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Communication Studies By Michael Klajbor Dr. Jenna Hanchey/Thesis Advisor August
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This project interrogates several aspects of racialized rhetoric as it pertains to Trump’s immigration legal policy for Latinx migrants on the Southern U.S. border, as well as public comments made in support of it. Through usage of color-blind racial rhetoric, along with the usage of “alien” as a metaphor to describe Latinx migrants, Trump and his administration have de-legitimized Latinx bodies as potential citizen, causing Latinx migrants and citizens alike to be subject to hatred and violence from xenophobia and reassured racial fears. In this project, I also discuss the role of Fox News opinion media in perpetuating and cycling such rhetoric in symbiosis with Trump, cementing such racial prejudices in the minds of the Trump voter base. This research captures the current racial sentiments towards Latinx individuals of Donald Trump, the current U.S. president, and his voter base.