This memo provides ideas for handling the messaging challenges accompanying a number of anti-immigration laws passed in Southern states. The memo proposes that there is awareness among target persuadable audiences in the South (progressive whites, African Americans, native-born Latinos, and Asian Americans) that race and racism likely play a role in the current wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the South, but these individuals also do not want to be viewed as prejudiced for agreeing with some aspects. This memo offers tips to maintain open lines of dialogue while addressing anti-immigrant sentiment.
The toolkit's guidance is based on the belief that the theme of opportunity can provide the basis for a narrative that unites social justice messages and constituencies across a range of social issues.
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