U.S. officials are struggling to respond to the arrival of displaced people at the southern U.S. border. The challenges at the border are exacerbating perceptions inside the United States of immigrants and immigration as being a threat, which is fueling xenophobia, racism, animosity, and polarization. This perception has galvanized the anti-immigrant movement and made life substantially more difficult for all immigrants and the communities that welcome them.
This session will explore the complex issue of immigration, starting with what is the state of our immigration system, what is happening at the border, why and how the issue is being weaponized and turned into a wedge issue that is fueling divisions in the country, and what immigrant rights groups are doing to change the narrative and address these divisions, while ensuring that immigrant communities in the United States can live in safety and peace.
Oscar Hernandez, Dreamer, Activist
Josh Leach, Communications and Policy Advisor, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Peniel Ibe, Policy Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
Jordyne Krumroy, Southern Regional Manager, Welcoming America
Saurav Upadhyay (Moderator), Alliance for Peacebuilding