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Welcome to America, Your Cell Is Right This Way: Our Long History of Criminalizing Migrants


Is immigrant detention a symptom of a broken system, or is it a product of a system working exactly as designed?

In his new book, Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, scholar and legal expert César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández lays out a passionate and unvarnished view of the US immigrant detention industry, the politics that created it, and the circumstances that keep it thriving. Hear García Hernández’s analysis first-hand as he contextualizes the crisis at our southern border. Moderated by Lee Wang, director of the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.

Presented as part of our on-going series of author talks with the nonprofit public-interest book publisher, The New Press and in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

6:30 pm


  • General Admission $10
  • Member Admission $5
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    César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

    César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He runs the blog and regularly speaks on immigration law and policy issues. He has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other venues. He lives in Denver.

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    Lee Wang

    Lee Wang is the first director of the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund, a program at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund that is dedicated to freeing New Yorkers from immigration detention. Before joining the Fund, Lee worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Defense Project where she helped to lead a statewide campaign to get ICE out of New York’s courts. Lee’s work at the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund continues her commitment to fighting a detention and deportation system that is fueled by the criminalization of immigrants.