Law professor Virgil Wiebe explains U.S. immigration law and discusses Trump administration proposals 3:30 p.m. March 21 in the theatre of Atwood Memorial Center.
A professor at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Wiebe will argue that race, power, poverty, economics and the power of identity are the central dynamics in American immigration.
His remarks are free and open to the public. Parking is $1.50 an hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.
Wiebe holds a master’s degree from Oxford, a law degree from New York University and a master of laws from Georgetown University.
According to Wiebe, calls by candidate Trump and President Trump for an immigration crackdown may result in degrees of change rather than fundamental shifts in policy.
He will make the case that Minnesota — portrayed as a liberal, social-welfare magnet for refugees and immigrants — has actually been a “state of cautious and reluctant welcome.”
He will explain U.S. immigration law using a hotel metaphor. U.S. citizens live on the top floor. Unauthorized immigrants live in the basement. People of varying legal status live on other floors.
Wiebe’s remarks are sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the School Public Affairs and the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers.