Tackling 21st century immigration problems with 20th century laws. Is it time to change the approach to immigration?

There are over 80 million displaced people in the world — an all-time record. Why do we see these numbers? Lessons from history as explained by Dr. Danielle Battisti of University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Immigration scholars think that immigration laws are, at their core, a reflection of how we imagine America to be.

  • How was the American nation imagined to be when immigration laws were first established?
  • What shapes immigration law – foreign or domestic policies?
  • Is the U.S. immigration law adequate to address today’s world and American problems?
  • Should international community rethink and revise the definition of asylum and refugee status?

Dr. Danielle Battisti is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is an expert of immigration history and the author of several books, with focus on Italian Americans, a nod to her Italian family origin.

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July 1, 2021

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