Prof Comments on Border Wall Politics

By Dan Verderosa, February 18, 2019
Donathan Brown tells Forbes that the U.S. immigration debate needs refinement.
Rusty steel and chain link fence

A section of the border fence separating San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. 

(Photo by Sherry V. Smith/Shutterstock)

Donathan Brown, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ithaca College, is quoted in a Forbes article about President Donald J. Trump’s push to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico boder.

In the article, Brown says that there is a racial dimension to the debate over immigration policy and that there is a need for refinement in the national discussion.

“How we discuss, define and ultimately label those seeking entry into the United States from along the southern border continues to be a point of contention,” Brown tells Forbes. “Blanket statements that affix labels such as ‘terrorist,’ ‘drug dealer’ and ‘rapist,’ for example, only contribute to the ignorance proliferated by some elected officials, in an attempt to disassociate us from them.”