As migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Mexico, Central and South America, Africa and the Caribbean seek entry in the US at the border with Mexico, the discourse on global migration has gotten shrill and disingenuous. The human rights of migrants are being violated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, Border Patrol agents, police officers and vigilante groups everyday. The root causes of forced migration, from the climate crisis to military interventions to "free" trade agreements, and US complicity in forcing people to leave their home countries are obscured. A panel of activists and academics will shed light on the ongoing crisis in domestic and foreign US policy that has led to the displacement and demonization of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
The livestream is co-hosted by National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and the Othering & Belonging Institute.
- Elsadig Elsheikh (moderator), Director, Global Justice Program, Othering and Belonging Institute
- Apolonio (Polo) Morales, Director of External Affairs, CHIRLA
- Alma Maquitico, Co-Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Nana Gyamfi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
- Isabel Garcia, Founder, Coalición de Derechos Humanos