U.S. Immigration Policy: How Did We Get Here?

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: UW Center for Civic Engagement, James F. Veninga Theater
Address: 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI

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The topic of immigration has stirred passions and debate in our country for decades, especially in the past two years. Central Wisconsin is quite familiar with immigration issues, from the Hmong refugee resettlements of the 1980s to current Hispanic immigrants who provide the backbone of our dairy industry. WIPPS is proud to sponsor this three-part series to examine the ways in which our community is affected by this issue.

This first event will feature two authorities on immigration. They will speak from a historical perspective in Wisconsin as well as the current national situation. Brett Barker, Ph.D., professor of history at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau, will provide the historical background on the arrival of various immigrant groups to the state. Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C., will examine the recent history of immigration policy in the U.S. She is a frequent commentator on the issue of immigration for national media outlets including CNN, PBS, NPR and Fox News. Other events in this series include:

How Immigration Impacts Central Wisconsin
March 10, 7 p.m. – UW Center for Civic Engagement
625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, WI

Addressing Immigration Issues in Our Community
March 30, 7 p.m. – Northcentral Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI