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American Public Square at Jewell
American Public Square at Jewell: The Donnelly Series The Changing Landscape of U.S. Immigration Law & Policy
Recent numbers suggest that Greater Kansas City is home to more than 135,000 immigrants. Decades of change to U.S. immigration policy have impacted our communities in a myriad of ways.
Join American Public Square at Jewell for our third program in the Donnelly Series, presented in partnership with RISE and the KC Public Library, where we will review the history and present state of U.S. Immigration Law & Policy.
Our expert panel will address key topics including changes in asylum process and public benefit rules, U.S. border policy and the future of the DACA program. We will look at data about the role immigrants play in building communities, discuss the impacts of the changing legal landscape, and take a look at how KC residents are responding.

Sep 24, 2020 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Mona Lyne
Associate Professor @UMKC Department of Political Science
Mona Lyne is an Associate Professor of political science at UMKC, and served as Chair of the department for six years. Previously, she taught at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on political accountability in democratic and nondemocratic systems, and investigates the impact of political accountability on economic development. She is the author of The Voter’s Dilemma and Democratic Accountability and a number of journal articles on democracy and development. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and has conducted field research in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela.
Manuel R. Abarca IV
Deputy District Director @US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
Manuel Abarca is Deputy District Director for U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver's office. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Occupational Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri, and is pursuing an EdD. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia
Jessica Piedra
Attorney @Law Offices of Jessica Piedra
Attorney Jessica Piedra has 20 years of experience in assisting immigrants in their legal journey towards becoming US citizens. Her advocacy on behalf of immigrant youth has been recognized with the Mexican Consulate's Ohtli Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Humanitarian of the Year, and Missouri Lawyer's Weekly's Up and Coming Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. She speaks fluent Spanish and has been through the immigration process with her own family.