Changing the Narrative
An Online Discussion of Human Migration, U.S. Immigration Policy & Racism
August 9, 2020
Led By Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett

What does a deeper story of immigration look like – one that replaces common false narratives?

​We discussed the foundations of the current crisis by looking at the ways migration is rooted in bigger systems—economic dynamics, histories of intervention, and the turn in U.S. politics towards strict border enforcement and exclusionary immigration policies over the past three decades. See the materials from the workshop below:

A justice-based response to the exclusion of immigrants
October 18, 2020
Led By Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett

Arising in the 1980s as a response to the refusal of the U.S. government to recognize refugees fleeing from U.S.-funded wars in Central America, the movement mobilizes faith communities and others to act in solidarity with such unrecognized refugees. People involved in the movement not only give humanitarian aid such as shelter and other forms of support to people seeking asylum or relief from deportation, but also often speak out or protest against the government's exclusion of people in need. The practice of Sanctuary therefore always involves civil initiative, taking action to uphold the law of asylum when the government is failing to do so, and occasionally has involved civil disobedience, the intentional but peaceful breaking of laws considered to be unjust. For that reason, awareness of the legal and historical context is very important for this type of humanitarian work. In this workshop, we talked about the history of the movement, what it means to be in solidarity with migrants today, and how to speak out and resist oppressive immigration laws without endangering the people that Sanctuary is intended to protect.

Miranda Cady Hallett (PhD 2009, Cornell University), an anthropologist who studies law and human rights, with a research focus on El Salvador and Salvadoran migration. Dr. Hallett is on the faculty at the University of Dayton.