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The Deportation Machine: America's Long History of Expelling Immigrants
In recent years, the topic of immigration has been central to our national and local politics. From former president Trump's demonization of Mexican migrants and advocacy of a border wall, to the separation of migrant families at the US's southern border, immigration policy has been a central point of debate in our national conversation. In March, authorities shut down the Berks Country Family Detention Center, which immigrant rights advocates had been demanding for years. In his new book The Deportation Machine (Princeton UP), author and historian Adam Goodman traces the long and troubling history of the US government’s systematic efforts to terrorize and expel immigrants since the late 19th century. Exposing the pervasive roots of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, Goodman examines how federal, state, and local officials have targeted various groups for expulsion “from Chinese and Europeans at the turn of the twentieth century to Central Americans and Muslims today” while also recovering stories of immigrants and advocates who fought back against deportation efforts. Join us for a conversation between author Adam Goodman and A. S. Dillingham, Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Albright College.

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May 20, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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