“Immigrants & the American Dream: Today & Tomorrow” talk & discussion

    September 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Joel D. Valdez Main library
    101 N Stone Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Group discussion facilitated by historian and lawyer Dr. T.J. Davis. The United States of America has long touted itself as a land of immigrants and has grown phenomenally from migration since its beginnings in an ever expanding global economy. Yet the source and substance of immigration have been topics of continuous debate. How do domestic conditions, regional competitions, geopolitics, and foreign policy affect the discourse about who could and should become an American? How do immigrants become Americans? How do immigrants affect American vitality? Join us for a Frank Talk to ponder the question, what does it mean to be an American. Here’s a booklist for Immigration in America.

    Frank Talks are free, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 15 people at this Frank talk today, with the facilitator T.J. starting off asking us to write responses to questions of “What is the American Dream?” and “what is the relation between the American Dream and immigration?”. Diverse statements from the participants about opportunities, freedom of religion, seeking a better life economically, quotas, difference between immigrants and refugees. T.J. said that in 2016 22 M immigrants entered US through ports of entry (legally). He also mentioned those foreigners coming to work in U.S. with H visas and posed questions about Who gets to stay? Who can become US. Citizens? Should immigration continue? Should families be unified? What liability do DACA young people have for actions of their parents? Thought provoking discussion, but no clear answers of course. Former PCC Board member Marty Cortez was in attendance.


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