The purpose of this study was to analyze Time magazine's visual and verbal portrayal of immigration and the degree to which its depictions changed—if at all—by focusing on 2000 and 2018, which were significant time periods for immigration in the United States. Drawing on Critical Race Theory, this study argues that Time magazine often utilized the American dream, sympathy, and the depiction of children to challenge dominant narratives of immigration. However, it is through those strategies that Time creates a limited perspective for their readers that obscures the topics immigration can include. By presenting a nuanced and balanced view on immigration, media outlets can help shape a more realistic portrayal of immigrants and their experiences.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies


immigration, rhetoric, Critical Race Theory, Time magazine

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis


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