What Happens When a News Organization Treats Immigrants as People

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Al Jazeera America is set to debut a new original series called “Borderland” that will attempt to take viewers beyond the debate on illegal immigration and tell the stories of the undocumented immigrants who attempt to cross illegally into the United States and the residents on the border.

Al Jazeera America’s focus on the human side of the border story is in sharp contrast to the way Fox News and other right-wing media outlets discuss illegal immigration and undocumented immigrants. In a press release announcing the series, which is set to begin on April 13, Al Jazeera America stated that “Borderland” “reflect[s] the channel’s commitment to outstanding investigative journalism focusing on the human side of important, underreported stories, arising out of such national issues as immigration.

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