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Crossing Borders: New Book Shifts Focus From Fear to Restoring Immigrant Dignity

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 1:00pm

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Over the last decade, record numbers of displaced people have been caught in the middle of an intensifying tug-of-war between Western liberal democracies and Eastern autocrats. With little chance of returning to their homes in Syria or Central America, these people crossed borders to seek political, religious, or economic freedom. Yet the plight of refugees was often weaponized and exploited for political gain.

Join author Ali Noorani, CEO of the National Immigration Forum, for a virtual discussion about his newest book, “Crossing Borders: The Reconciliation of a Nation of Immigrants,” with Cornell immigration law expert Stephen Yale-Loehr and Wall Street Journal reporter Michelle Hackman. Based on interviews in Honduras, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and communities across the U.S., Mr. Noorani’s book presents the complexities of migration through the stories of families fleeing violence and poverty, the government and nongovernmental organizations helping or hindering their progress, and the American communities receiving them. Going beyond highly charged partisan debates, our panel offers real insights and actionable strategies for restoring the dignity of both immigrants and the United States itself.

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