Why Immigrant Storylines on TV Are So Important for Real-Life Immigration Issues

“Orange Is the New Black,” “Superstore” and “Madam Secretary” viewers are among the biggest allies for immigrants, new report finds

The 2020 “Change the Narrative, Change the World” study has found that depicting immigrant characters on TV can have a positive impact on viewers.

A partnership between the nonprofit media advocacy group Define American and the Norman Lear Center at USC Annenberg, the second-annual report found that viewers who consumed televised immigrant storylines — namely the fictitious ones — had more inclusive attitudes toward immigrants and were more likely to take action on immigrant-related issues than those who did not see those storylines.

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Margeaux Sippell

Margeaux Sippell

TV Reporter • margeaux.sippell@thewrap.com • @margeauxsippell