Democrats & Immigration in 2020:
Humanitarian Crisis and Worker Protections
Maribel Hernandez-Rivera – District Director for U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Deepak Bhargava – Distinguished Lecturer in Urban Studies, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU)
Muzaffar Chishti – Director of the Migration Policy Institute at NYU Law
Moderator: Ruth Milkman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU)
What should be the top immigration policy priorities of a new Democratic administration, assuming an election win in 2020? What are the labor market, social, and political impacts of merit-based vs. more humanitarian immigration streams? What are the various impacts of these two streams on the labor movement and working-class communities? What are the various political and economic interests influencing the growth of the deportation and detention industry? In what different ways are U.S. communities and jobs dependent on this industry? What are the key political distinctions among pro-immigration forces? Should the mass decriminalization of migrants and refugees be at the top of an immigration reform agenda? As war and climate change promise to accelerate this world-wide migratory trend, what policy framework should organized labor and social justice movements support?