Twitter Analysis of Immigration

This project tracks discussion relating to immigration on twitter with a particular emphasis on comprehensive immigration reform. Since February 2013, we have collected nearly 3 million tweets containing the word "immigration." Using DiscoverText and NodeXL, two different data mining applications, we analyzed these tweets to examine who is talking to whom, what they're talking about, and how these conversations are changing over time. We also identified "clusters" of five major groups of influential tweeters and tracked how, when, and why Twitter users change their mind about immigration by examining their relationship to these clusters over time. These five major groups are: Mainstream, Reformers, Progressive Media, Institutional Conservatives, and the Tea Party. Below we reveal and describe these five types of "power tweeters." Further below you will find links to up-to-date articles published in the Huffington Post pertaining to IIR's Twitter Analysis project.


For a detailed discussion on these “power tweeters” and other findings check out IIR’s latest articles “Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 1”  and Immigration Reform Power Tweeters: Part 2 

For our recent analysis on how Twitter discussions on immigration had changed following the Boston Marathon bombings, click