NEW DATE: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 9:30 am
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Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli
This book is based on Luiselli’s experiences working as an interpreter for the federal immigration court in New York City in which she interviewed Central American children seeking refuge status in the U.S. Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks these children, Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear—both here and back home. Luiselli, a writer from Mexico, also reflects on her own experiences with the U.S. immigration system in applying for a green card and permanent residency.
Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam
Reihan Salam, the son of Bangladeshi immigrants, argues that permissive immigration policies ultimately result in a less fair and unjust society. Unlike the economy during the great migrations of the past, today’s economy cannot absorb uneducated and low-skilled immigrants who will ultimately resent their inability to rise to the ranks of the middle class. In this deeply researched but also deeply personal book, Salam shows why uncontrolled immigration is bad for everyone, including people like his family. Our current system has intensified the isolation of our native poor, and risks ghettoizing the children of poor immigrants. It ignores the challenges posed by the declining demand for less-skilled labor, even as it exacerbates ethnic inequality and deepens our political divides.
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