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Tue, Apr 09


New Hope Center

The Evolution of Latino Immigration and U.S. Policy

Join Arlene Amarante, in partnership with the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL) and the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club (ORBRC), for Part Three of a Four-Part Series on Our American Roots: An Exploration of Cultures.

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The Evolution of Latino Immigration and U.S. Policy
The Evolution of Latino Immigration and U.S. Policy

Time & Location

Apr 09, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Rd #602, Oak Ridge, TN 37830, USA

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Questions of identity and belonging have (re)emerged in the United States ever since our founders established a hierarchy of membership through the notion of citizenship. This talk traces a series of immigration laws over a period of more than two hundred years to the present to illustrate how Latinos are presumptively excluded from entering the United States. Amarante incorporates her family history and draws parallels with other insider-outsider populations, including Palestine, to illustrate the sometimes harrowing consequences of inclusion by exclusion.

Arléne Amarante is an Associate Professor of Law at Lincoln Memorial University, where she teaches Legal Writing, Immigration Law, Asylum Law, and Critical Race Theory. She practices immigration law.  Before joining the LMU faculty in the fall of 2019, she served as an instructor, a clinical supervisor, the executive director of a nonprofit law firm, and a legal aid attorney. Amarante’s degrees include a B.A. from University of Nevada, Las Vegas; an M.S. from University of Edinburgh; and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. A first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Mexico, she grew up between the United States and Mexico.

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