The current administration has announced an aggressive policy to remove undocumented immigrants. As described by Attorney General Sessions: “For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch-and-release practices of old are over.”
Sessions’ comments pass over the fact that undocumented immigrants already faced harsh and inhumane treatment under prior administrations. Immigrant detainees represent a largely an invisible, disenfranchised population with no political advocates.
Detention has also led to a flowering of resistance in New York, involving professionals (lawyers, physicians), community activists, concerned citizens, students, and politicians. Our goal in this session will be to explore the work that is currently being done in the City, examine ways in which we can collaborate and consider the difficult steps needed to dismantle this cruel and inhumane system that is unworthy of the United States.
Some reading resources will be posted. Here are some additional suggestions:
Detained and Dismissed: https://goo.gl/41Pht2