"Immigration" and related terms ("immigrant", "immigrants", "border security") have been used a total of 277 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: It's a hardy perennial of recent elections. Republicans try to assume the mantle of being "tough" on illegals. Democrats say they have moved forcefully on the issue.

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Jerry Brown (D)


  • Last 7 days: 3 uses (up 300% over last week)
  • Overall: 16 uses since Aug. 30

Charlie Crist (I)


  • Last 7 days: 0 uses (down 100% from last week)
  • Overall: 1 uses since Aug. 30



  • Last 7 days: 6 uses (down 70% from last week)
  • Overall: 138 uses since Aug. 30



  • Last 7 days: 7 uses (down 79% from last week)
  • Overall: 197 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Recent uses of "immigration"

...governor looking out for them, a governor who will improve our schools, attract high-wage jobs and get results on border security," said Katy Bacon, campaign spokesperson. "After 25 years in office, Rick Perry has left us with a $25 billion budget...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

...than diplomatic wrangling, the Trans-Texas Corridor fiasco, an education system that has more than its share of issues, unaddressed immigration problems, a mandate for the vaccination of all Texas girls against human papillomavirus, an $18 billion to $21 billion...

Bill White, via RSS (October 31)

...years of Rick Perry's political career, our state faces a $25 billion budget hole, a lack of results on border security, schools that have fallen behind and job growth that's in minimum wage jobs instead of high wage jobs," said...

Bill White, via RSS (October 29)

...couple examples of Whitman's "plans" include a self-dealing multi-billion dollar capital gains tax break for the ultra-wealthy and an immigration plan that changes depending on whether she's trying to reach English or Spanish speaking voters. "After failing to vote for...

Jerry Brown , via RSS (October 29)

...English and Spanish, distorting Brown's record on jobs, taxes, spending, Proposition 13, pension reform, capital punishment, crime, campaign contributions, immigration and education. In total, Whitman attack ads have aired 80,000 times since the primary election ended. Video of Brown's...

Jerry Brown , via RSS (October 27)

...VIDEO:Rick Perry is lying about Houston and lying about his record on border security

Bill White, via Twitter (October 26)

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