Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2045.
The United States has provided a haven for refugees from other countries since it was created. Yet their arrival has often provoked political controversy and spurred calls to close borders. What has driven past waves of refugees and how has the federal government responded? How can the history of US refugee and asylum policy inform our understanding of current debates over refugee admittance and protections?The speakers will be Maria Cristina Garcia, Cornell University, and Carl Bon Tempo, SUNY Albany. The moderator will be Alan Kraut, American University.