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Globe Talks: Immigration's Humanitarian Challenges

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Globe Talks:

Immigration's Humanitarian Challenges


Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Columbia Point, Boston 


While Congress and the President continue to debate efforts to overhaul our nation’s immigration policy, Paul Bridges, winner of the 2014 Profile in Courage Award, New York Times best-selling author Luanne Rice, Harvard Professor Jennifer Hochschild, and Writer Marcela García offer insights on the human face of the issue and how the humanitarian challenges of immigration could impact us in the future.

Moderated by Bilingual writer Marcela García.  García has more than 10 years of experience in journalism focusing on Latino and minority issues coverage in the United States. She currently writes for the Boston Globe editorial and op-ed pages, and has previously reported for Boston NPR station WGBH radio, Spanish-language TV network Telemundo Boston, and the Boston Business Journal.


Luanne Rice
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 31 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. The author of The Lemon Orchard, which includes the story of an undocumented immigrant who lost his daughter in the desert, as well as Little Night, The Silver Boat and Beach Girls, Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Rice divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

Paul W. Bridges
In 2011, Bridges, then the mayor of Uvalda, Georgia, joined a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU to stop the implementation of H.B. 87, a law aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of Georgia. As written, H.B. 87 authorized police to demand “papers” demonstrating immigration status during traffic stops, and criminalized Georgians who knowingly interact with undocumented individuals, among other measures. Bridges, a Republican who was elected mayor in 2009, was the only politician to join the suit. He argued that the law would inhumanely separate families and was likely to have dire economic consequences for farming. Bridges himself would have been engaged in criminal behavior under the law, he said, because he often gave rides to undocumented immigrants who were his friends. As a result of his decision to publicly oppose the law, Bridges withstood scathing criticism from anti-immigration partisans around the country, and lost popular support at home.


Jennifer Hochschild
Jennifer Hochschild is a professor of government at Harvard, specializing in the intersection of American politics and political philosophy -- particularly in the areas of race, ethnicity, and immigration -- as well as educational and social welfare policies. She is the author and co-author of several books, most recently Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America ,and Bringing Outsiders In: Transatlantic Perspectives on Immigrant Political Incorporation.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
220 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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