A Son of Immigrants on Covering Immigration

George de Lama

in Writing Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267176
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950207 | DOI:
A Son of Immigrants on Covering Immigration

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This Interlude is written by a former managing editor for news at the Chicago Tribune who is currently head of communications at the Inter-American Development Bank, and it offers an instructive personal reflection on three decades of journalism starting as a cub reporter in Chicago. The author's career embodies the very transformations that define how journalism continues to struggle with writing immigration. While at the manifest level immigration is driven by labor, demographic, and economic variables (among other things, segmented labor markets and wage differentials), at the latent level immigration's enduring root is the family. The children of immigrants are the fruit borne of immigration. In the United States, approximately one quarter of all youth are of immigrant origin, and it is projected that by 2050 over a third of all children will be growing up in immigrant households. The long-term consequences of mass migration, embodied in the lives of the children of immigrants, are a neglected problematique in the field of migration studies.

Keywords: United States; immigration; immigrants; journalism; labor markets; wage differentials; family; children; mass migration

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Subjects: Migration Studies

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