Tuesday, April 11, 2017

McMenamins History presents…

U.S. Refugee and Immigration Policy: UPDATE

Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event
Free
Minor with parent or guardian

About U.S. Refugee and Immigration Policy: UPDATE

From the campaign trail to the Oval Office, from his proposed southern wall to his new U.S. Electronic Ban, President Trump has made tough border security and strict enforcement of U.S. Immigration Laws a focal point of his presidency. Join our speakers for a panel discussion on recent immigration policy changes and their legal challenges, the immediate impact on undocumented immigrants, and the long-term economic and cultural ramifications resulting from this swift and dramatic shift in U.S. Refugee and Immigration Policy.

President Trump signed an executive order that bans or severely restricts immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and suspended all refugee admission for 120 days, while barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. He also stated he plans to order the deportation of millions of "criminal aliens" and to remove all 11 million "illegal immigrants" from the country.

About 750,000 young people qualified for the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants two years of permission to work and protection from deportation to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Their future is now uncertain.

Two federal courts have now overturned two versions of his executive orders on immigration. Join our speaker panel to learn the status of immigrants and refugees impacted by these policy changes and how these orders effect their daily lives and future plans.

Our Speaker Panel:

• Panel Moderator: Ronault Catalani, Immigrant Integration Policy Advisor for the City of Portland
• Kayse Jama, Executive Director of Unite Oregon
• Andrea Williams, Director of CAUSA: Oregon Immigrant Rights Organization
• Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice-Sanctuary Program (speaker TBA)
• Lutheran Community Services Northwest (speaker TBA)

About Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

(Please note: This event is not eligible for the "Attend a History Pub" Passport experience stamp.)

This series deals with race in Oregon, both historically and up to the present time, to provide learning experiences that support the development of racial identity and sensitivity.

Each month, Kennedy School hosts a presentation on a different topic of ethnicity and racial elements in Oregon history, given by educators and/or experts in the topic at hand. The aim is to provide educational and learning experiences that support the development of intercultural sensitivity and racial identity.