Immigration has been a very hotly debated topic, and one which CCC has increasingly been exploring from a social justice perspective. Last month, the CCC Book Club explored what one local group—the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic—is doing to help local immigrants and stood up for keeping families together, regardless of immigration status, at the Families Belong Together Vigil. This has been occurring in the backdrop of Indiana being a state that makes life more difficult for undocumented immigrants. In fact, Indiana is a state that does not permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license or to be charged in-state tuition rates for higher education. Indiana is one of 6 states that allows police officers to question individuals who are arrested about their immigration status and is one of 26 states to file a lawsuit challenging former President Obama’s executive actions, which would give work permits and protection from deportation to about four million unauthorized immigrants.
Please join us on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Carnegie Public Library 322 S Wayne St. Angola, IN 46703 to continue our discussion of immigration, specifically delving into The U.S. Immigration Debate and 3 Charts That Show What’s Actually Happening Along The Southern Border. We will explore questions, such as
- What is the immigrant population in the United States?
- How do Americans feel about immigration?
- What legislation has Congress considered in recent years?
- What actions have presidents taken in recent years?
- How are state and local authorities handling these issues?
- What is the long-term trend regarding the number of people being arrested or apprehended for allegedly crossing the Southern border illegally?
- What was the number of people taken into custody or deemed to be “inadmissible” for entry at the Southern border in 2017?
- In what ways are the reasons for immigration to the U.S. changing?
We welcome anyone, regardless of viewpoint, who would like to participate in this discussion. We strive to treat others with respect and take responsibility for ourselves thus fostering meaningful relationships among CCC members and also with the wider community.