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Thursday, July 4 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
All-American Nativism: How to End the Bipartisan War on Immigrants

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The Trump administration has escalated the war on immigrants, consciously whipping up and leveraging a racist, nativist populism. But today's war on immigrants was developed under the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations. Mainstream immigration politics played a lead role in the demonization of "illegal immigrants," the scapegoating of migrant labor for the harms caused by mobile capital, and the construction of a gargantuan deportation pipeline linked into the core the carceral state—and thus, mainstream establishment politicians played a lead role in making Trumpism possible. This talk will examine that history and how Trump's barbarity has indeed heightened the contradictions, simultaneously deepening the hardship faced by immigrant communities and creating historic openings for the immigrant rights movement. The socialist left has a key role to play in this moment of establishment crisis by putting a radical defense of migrant worker rights at the center of anti-capitalist politics.

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Dan Denvir

Daniel Denvir is the host of The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine, and the author of All-American Nativism, forthcoming from Verso. He writes about politics, criminal justice and immigration and, before stumbling into podcasting, was a reporter at the Philadelphia City Paper... Read More →

Thursday July 4, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Clark B/C