Rapid Response: Immigration

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We give you "Rapid Responses" on key issues: easy pick "fruit" at the top of the tree, ready for your facebook feed. And explanations that lead towards a deeper understanding of communications theory in the trunk and roots.

Ready-to-Share Responses: Immigration


Seeking conversations?

Try open questions.

Charity

Skip controversy, open hearts together.

For each conversation, consider who you are talking with, and what this single conversation might change.

Learn More: Audience and Goals

Video Intro for the Trunk: Audience and Goals
Will this conversation create a radical, personal connection — or influence the people listening in?
If you call out Trump's immorality, how do you call in your audience? Process your anger with friend — How do you give voice to people directly impacted? If you are both safe/privileged and angry, it's generally more powerful to give attention and voice to more directly impacted people. Vent with equally privileged allies. -- Ring Theory as a popout.
Border security and caring about refugees are "orthogonal."
A Goal: Help conservatives with heart notice that Trump is immoral, and separate their identity from his movement
A Goal: Hear and unlock their security fears, to be heard on compassion.
A Goal: Hear and unlock their security fears, to be heard on compassion.

Explore how words and cognition overlap, the values underneath, and the way ideas and identity are woven together.

Learn More: The Cognitive, Values and Team Roots

Video Intro for the Roots: Cognition, Values, Team

Frame

Immigrants are people; families. Border, security, threats.

Moral Foundations

Care/harm In-group loyalty and sanctity under threat

Identity: Deep Story

Mesh your frame and story with the themes of responsibility and "standing in line."

Identity: Exit

Real conservatives have been on the "Trump Train" for two years — their team, not their values. How do they take one step off the train? Perhaps: speaking aloud their values; asking Trump for what they want.

Suggestion: Charity

Suggestion: Fun Activities

Hopes: We want to share our perspective without turning a conversation into an argument, especially an argument with two hardened, competitive teams. Asking your friends for a non-controversial charity donation, perhaps for a holiday or birthday, is a way to be on the same team with you whole network, and share a story that expresses your views in a positive, non-competitive way. We want to seek a page that follows our frame: you might donate to lawyers helping people get through the border, but for opening conversations with conservatives, our suggested frame is the stories of people and families. Until it is personal, don't jump to the political.

Make it your own

There are some people who really need our help. Catholic Charities is ...

Links to share

If you are trying to reach family members, and share a religion with them, seek a charity that matches both you and your audience. Possibilities:
Hopes: We tend to divide into teams and argue politics, and it's hard. But often there are easy ways to introduce ideas outside of politics. If you are visiting family, you might want to hold off on talking politics, but watch movies or TV, or go to a restaurant,

Activities

  • Tom Cruise's movie
  • Go to an ethnic restaurant related to current immigration or refugee issues.
Videos: 
Video Intro for the Trunk: Audience and Goals
Video Intro for the Trunk: Audience and Goals
Video Intro for the Roots: Cognition, Values, Team
Video Intro for the Roots: Cognition, Values, Team