Crisis at our Borders: National Security vs. Civil Liberties

Crisis at our Borders: National Security vs. Civil Liberties

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Building E25, Room 111

Carl Takei, Senior Staff Attorney at ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality will begin with a remembrance of the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and a look at present policies on immigration and refugees including detention and family separation.

Jacqueline Bhaba, Professor of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and Lecturer on Human Rights at the Harvard Law School, will comment on health issues associated with current polices on child separation and medical care. 

Adriana LaFaille, Staff Attorney of ACLU Massachusetts, will provide updates on the local face of current Federal immigration and refugee policy, with emphasis on immigration detention and immigrants' rights issues.

Paul Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute of Asian American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and former Chair of the U.S. Census Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations, will comment on parallels and differences between the periods. 

The event will be moderated by Kenneth Oye, Professor of Political Science and Data Systems at MIT and Margie Yamamoto, imprisoned as a child during World War II.  

The event is cosponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and the New England Japanese American Citizens League.   After the panel, we will break for refreshments and a “tsuru fold-in” of paper cranes representing Japanese-Americans incarcerated during WWII that would be added to hundreds of thousands of cranes being collected to take to DC this spring on a pilgrimage on immigration and refugee issues.