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IMMIGRATION AND BIAS

Podcast

IMMIGRATION AND BIAS WITH PROFESSOR  SHOBA SIVAPRASAD WADHIA

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About

IMMIGRATION AND BIAS

The United States sits on lands originally inhabited by indigenous groups of people. Europeans colonized and settled in what is now known as the United States through the theft of these lands and built generational wealth through the kidnapping and enslavement of Africans. Despite this history, many people living in the United States hold arbitrary as well as intentionally racist beliefs about who can and cannot migrate to the United States, even when their own immigrant ancestors may not have felt welcome here.

Non-Exhaustive Reading and Media List

LEARN MORE ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND BIAS

1. Banned (book)

2. The Latino Threat (book)

3. See No Stranger (book)

4. An Indigenous People’s History (book)*

5. Stamped from the Beginning (book)*

6. Asian Americans (docuseries)

* I've included these books too, as they are foundational to thinking more deeply about how immigration and belonging are framed even though they do not focus on immigration. They also serve as reminders that the U.S. is not simply a "nation of immigrants." Young people's versions of each are also available.

Reflection

YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH IMMIGRATION

1. Write about your own knowledge of and experiences with immigration. 

2. Explore further or imagine your family history with immigration. Write about the joys and struggles.

3. Compare these experiences and histories with the podcast (and any additional readings and media you utilized). What have you learned?

Action Ideas

YOUR COMMUNITY AND IMMIGRATION

1. What does immigration look like currently and historically in your community? Find out which organizations serve immigrants and find ways to be supportive or get involved.

2. How are immigrant families impacted by current immigration policies in your community? Look into ways you might support families under current policies while working to shift both hearts and minds and policies around immigration.

Support the Work

ORGANIZATIONS THAT ADDRESS ISSUES RELATED TO IMMIGRATION

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

RAICES

Sikh American LDEF

Additionally, you may want to support the descendants of the original inhabitants of the land you live on. This map can provide some guidance. The following links are for some of the indigenous peoples who originally inhabited what is now Pennsylvania:

Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation

Immigration and Bias: List
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