Immigration – past, present and future

An interesting event is taking place at the Fairfeld Museum and History Center that brings into discussion our nation’s dilemma with immigration and looks at the past.
“Emancipation Proclamation Revisited: Immigration Today” is a joint presentation of Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life and the Fairfield Museum. It take place at Fairfield University’s Dolan Center, on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
The event – a panel discussion – relates to the museum’s exhibition “Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation,” which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the document. The exhibition, which continues to Feb. 24, includes two rare, Abraham Lincoln-signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
The moderator will be the Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., professor of sociology and director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, which is overseeing two major projects concerning immigration issues. The panel will discuss the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, which intersect with immigration policy; a historical perspective on U.S. immigration in the 18th and 19th centuries; the current immigration policies; and the future challenges.
Other panelists also include Kelly Ryan, deputy assistant secretary of Immigration and Border Security in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy; Angela Rossi Zurowski, executive director, International Institute of Connecticut; and Cecelia Bucki, Ph.D., professor of history, Fairfield University.

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