Since the beginning of his tenure, President Trump has actively targeted immigrants through executive orders, calls to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and, most recently, incendiary comments referring to nations in the African diaspora as “s***hole countries.” Amid the bombastic rhetoric and unconstitutional executive orders, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have detained immigrants in record numbers. According to The New York Times, “the agency arrested more than 28,000 ‘non-criminal immigration violators’ between Jan. 22 and Sept. 2, a nearly threefold increase over the same period in 2016.” In recent weeks, ICE has also targeted immigrants’ rights activists detaining Ravi Ragbir and Amer Othman Adi, and deporting Jean Montrevil and Jorge Garcia.
Robert Fatton Jr. Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Marlene L. Daut Associate Professor, African American and African Studies/American Studies, University of Virginia
Sabrina Pendergrass Assistant Professor, African American and African Studies/Sociology, University of Virginia
Kwame E. Otu Assistant Professor, African American and African Studies, University of Virginia
The January 22nd panel will situate the recent comments and events in the research and expertise of University of Virginia faculty working in Africa, Haiti, and the U.S.
This event is free and open to the public.