Let's Talk: Immigration

Immigration policy has been contentious throughout American history. We will learn about our immigrant experience and the challenges facing us today. What is the best way forward that honors our history, values, and future? Three experts will discuss our past, current situation and ways to go forward.  What does the data tell us about immigration impact on our communities? Finding solutions for Dreamers?


Katie Reisner serves as Senior Policy Advisor to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs. Before this, Katie worked for the Obama Administration as a Counselor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, a Legislative Counsel to Senator Kamala Harris, the Policy Director at the International Refugee Assistance Project, a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and a judicial clerk to Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Jeremy Robbins is the Executive Director of the New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition of more than 500 CEOs and mayors making the economic case for immigration reform. Jeremy previously worked as a policy advisor and special counsel in the Office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow working on prisoner’s rights issues in Argentina, and a litigation associate at WilmerHale in Boston.

John A. Gronbeck-Tedesco is Associate Professor and Convener of American Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His writing has appeared in American Quarterly, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of American Studies, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and numerous web publications. He is the author of the book, Cuba, the United States, and Cultures of the Transnational Left, 1930-1975 (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and co-editor of Screening Images of American Masculinity in the Age of Postfeminism (Lexington Books, 2015). He is currently working on a book about Cuban refugees.

Host: S. Nadia Hussain, Maternal Justice Campaign Director, MomsRising.org

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Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.  Students with student ID free.  

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Event Co-sponsors:

League of Women Voters of Northern Valley

League of Women Voters of Fair Lawn, NJ

League of Women Voters of Glen Rock, NJ



April 19, 2018 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Fairleigh Dickinson University
140 University Plaza Dr
Wilson Auditorium
Hackensack, NJ 07601
United States
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