Fear. Immigrants and refugees fear leaving one homeland and not being accepted by the next. Welcoming nations’ governments fear not being able to find the resources to support an up-tick in population and need. U.S. taxpayers fear further taxation to support newcomers, as well as the cultural and societal adjustments an up-tick can cause. These are some of the issues around immigration and refugee policy to be discussed at Northwestern University next week.
The public — you, residents, elected officials, immigrants, refugees, educators, students, journalists, activists and others throughout the Chicago area — is invited to this panel discussion one of the most critical issues of our time:
The U.S. Immigration/Refugee Debate.
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Northwestern University Law School’s Lincoln Hall
357 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
> Speakers and panelists <
Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern University
News Anchor, Telemundo Chicago/WSNS
Reporter/Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Author, “Escape From Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War”
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul
Founder/Executive Director, Syrian Community Network
Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations–Minnesota
Hamad gin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Journalism, Northwestern University
Medill School of Journalism; Publisher, “Immigrant Connect”.
Up for discussion: Two travel ban executive orders — which seek to prohibit refugees and immigration from several Muslim majority countries and to close the United States refugee program — worked their way up to the U.S. Supreme Court this month. One lawsuit was dismissed by the highest court, mooted by the third and newest travel ban, only to see that third version blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii this week in response to legal challenges.
On the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals front, the White House rescinds DACA, setting a March deadline to potentially strip legal protections from 800,000 young ‘Dreamers’ brought to the U.S. as children. That DACA action has set the stage for a potential tradeoff with Congress that could include a border wall with Mexico.
Meanwhile, the RAISE Act — a bill backed by the White House and introduced in Congress in July — aims to cut legal permanent immigration to the U.S. by half over the next decade.
With ideological, political and racial divisions tearing at the fabric of the U.S., Americans are calling for a deeper understanding of our differences in culture and values, and open and honest discourse as to how we hold on to those values through rational government policy.
Consider joining in this conversation about one of the most
important issues our country is facing.
> Northwestern University’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion
> Medill School of Journalism
> National Association of Black Journalists
> Public Narrative
> Wyn-Win Communications
> The Kring Group
> M Lounge
> NBC 5 Chicago
> Telemundo Chicago
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