Immigration Reform is Topic for Online First Friday Forum

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(Courtesy of Irene Bloemraad)
An immigrant herself, Irene Bloemraad will talk about the broad framework of U.S. immigration law and some of the fine points of recent controversy at the online First Friday Forum on June 4, at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

    Is a comprehensive immigration policy attainable in the United States? First Friday Forum (FFF) speaker, Irene Bloemraad, will discuss this and other issues in her talk, Immigration Reform: Possible or Pipedream. It takes place June 4, 10 a.m., a webinar presentation for which registration is required at lopc.org/first-friday-forum.
    Dr. Bloemraad said, “U.S. immigration policy is a kaleidoscope of many parts, from border control to refugee resettlement, temporary visas to naturalization. I’ll talk about the broad framework of US immigration law and some of the fine points of recent controversy.”
    An immigrant herself, she first lived in Canada before settling in the United States. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard and her M.A. from McGill in Montreal. Bloemraad is a Professor of Sociology at U.C. Berkeley, the founding Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Immigration Initiative and co-director of the Boundaries, Membership and Belonging program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
    Bloemraad said she studies how immigrants become incorporated into political communities and the consequences of their presence on politics and understanding of membership. 
    “My research stands at the intersection of immigration studies and political sociology,” she said. “It suggests that our immigration policy must focus not just on border control and entry, but also on integration and settlement policies.”
    She continued, “I have developed immigration classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and I run an informal immigration workshop for those researching immigrant-related topics.” She was awarded the American Cultures Innovation in Teaching prize in 2013, and in 2012 brought an honor to the campus by receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award in Social Studies.
    Working on immigration issues is a priority of the new administration. This makes it important to learn more about the issues, problems and consequences of actions taken. Caroline Giers, FFF team member, said, “We are fortunate to have a speaker who has studied the various aspects of immigration so extensively. I’m sure we will be helped in gaining a better understanding of the complexity of the issues surrounding the topic of immigration. Be sure to register.” 
    This is the last of the 2021 FFF lecture series. Speakers are already lined up for the 2022 programs, which will begin in January.

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