Immigration Matters Panel

October 19th

McNally Jackson Seaport

Join us for a dynamic discussion of the essential Immigration Matters, a provocative, strategic plan for a human immigration system from the nation's leading immigration scholars and activists. The panel discussion will feature Ruth Milkman, Deepak Bhargava, Penny Lewis, Cristina Jiménez Moreta, Daniel Altschuler, and Javier Valdés.

During the past decade, right-wing nativists have stoked popular hostility to the nation's foreign-born population, forcing the immigrant rights movement into a defensive posture. In the Trump years, preoccupied with crisis upon crisis, advocates had few opportunities to consider questions of long-term policy or future strategy. Now is the time for a reset.

Immigration Matters offers a new, actionable vision for immigration policy. It brings together key movement leaders and academics to share cutting-edge approaches to the urgent issues facing the immigrant community, along with fresh solutions to vexing questions of so-called "future flows" that have bedeviled policy makers for decades. The book also explores the contributions of immigrants to the nation's identity, its economy, and progressive movements for social change. Immigration Matters delves into a variety of topics including new ways to frame immigration issues, fresh thinking on key aspects of policy, challenges of integration, workers' rights, family reunification, legalization, paths to citizenship, and humane enforcement.

The perfect handbook for immigration activists, scholars, policy makers, and anyone who cares about one of the most contentious issues of our age, Immigration Matters makes accessible an immigration policy that both remediates the harm done to immigrant workers and communities under Trump and advances a bold new vision for the future.

We ask that all guests provide proof of vaccination upon arrival, and encourage everyone to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Limited spaces. 

Ruth Milkman is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Deepak Bhargava is Distinguished Lecturer in Urban Studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and
was previously president of the Center for Community Change.

Penny Lewis is an associate professor of labor studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. 

Cristina Jiménez Moreta is a community organizer and co-founder of United We Dream, the largest 
 youth organization in the country. She served as Executive Director or UWD for over a decade. 

Daniel Altschuler is the Director of Civic Engagement of Make the Road New York.

Javier Valdés is Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York. 




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Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future Cover Image
By Ruth Milkman (Editor), Deepak Bhargava (Editor), Penny Lewis (Editor)
ISBN: 9781620976999
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: New Press - September 7th, 2021