Book Chat & Reception: "Immigration Reform" by Charles Kamasaki

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National Press Club - Holeman Lounge

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Masterful history of the battle for Immigration Reform by Charles Kamasaki with Special Guest & Moderator Greg Sargent, Washington Post Columnist

National Press Club - October 8 - 6:00 PM

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Against a backdrop of some 13 years of legislative failure to enact immigration reform; as immigration policy developments are announced, litigated, battled over on an almost daily basis but rarely resolved; and with pundits and analysts doubting that immigration reform is achievable in the near future, Charles Kamasaki presents “Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die.”

This masterful history of immigration reform richly details the legislative battles that led to the enactment of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), of the skirmishes that followed. Kamasaki, who was a “rookie” lobbyist when negotiations began, shares how lessons learned back then may apply to today’s intractable immigration debates. The book also describes the roots of the open “racialization” of the immigration issue by anti-immigrant groups that led to the sharper racial polarization now seen in today’s debates.

IRCA stands as the last time comprehensive immigration reform was enacted and signed into law, and Kamasaki makes the case that analyzing this success offers a better path toward successful reform than reassessing more recent failures.

Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent will interview Kamasaki about the book, which concludes with a series of lessons for future reformers.

Please join us for the event at the National Press Club sponsored by Mandel Vilar Press, the publishing arm of the non profit Américas por la Conservación + las Artes (AFC+A) and co-hosts Ibarra Strategy Group and National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association (NLFRTA). A reception will follow the book discussion.

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