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Adult Contemporary Issues Class – Sunday, January 14, 2018, @11:15 a.m., in the chapel: 

Retired Judge Rick Grawey will return to First Baptist on January 14 for a Current Issues Class follow-up on immigration. We’re calling it “Immigration, Part Two: questions, answers and your thoughts.” To a large extent, this session will consist of a discussion of current problems and possible solutions. To prepare, he offers the following list of articles and websites and asks us to read as many as we can. For those interested in immigration history, he provides a book list.

  1. Websites, Articles.

A.) For unbiased studies, data, and facts on immigration take a look at the Migration Policy Institute website at:  https://www.migrationpolicy.org/.

The MPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC.

Start with https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states-1 and then spend some time reading about   topics that interest you. 

B.) “Churches and the New Sanctuary Movement”

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

http://bjconline.org/churches-and-the-new-sanctuary-movement/

C.) “Here’s the Reality About Illegal Immigrants in the US”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/06/us/politics/undocumented-illegal-immigrants.html

D.) “Trump’s Immigrant Order Expands Definition of ‘Criminal’

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/trump-immigration-deportation.html?action=click&contentCollection=Television&module=Trending&version=Full&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

 E.) “Despite Little Action Yet by Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities, States and Localities Rush to Respond to Rhetoric”

https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/despite-little-action-yet-trump-administration-sanctuary-cities-states-and-localities-rush

F.) “Governor Signs Law Limiting Illinois Police on Immigration”

https://apnews.com/1e160c51677f4bdf84d6cf199dcdda1c/Governor-signs-law-limiting-Illinois-police-on-immigration

G.) “Contrary to Trump’s Claims, Immigrants Are Less Likely to Commit Crimes” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/trump-illegal-immigrants-crime.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article

  1. Books on the history of immigration in the US.

A.) For a very short summary of major US immigration periods and peoples.

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction,   David A. Gerber, 2011.

B.) For a college-level, comprehensive treatment of immigration to the US:

1.) Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1982

Roger Daniels, 2004.

2.) Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life,

Roger Daniels, 2002.