Immigration in America: An Evening of Conversation

February 13, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Nashville City Club

201 4th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37219

Join the Center for the Study of Liberty, America’s Future Foundation, The Bastiat Society of Nashville, and the Beacon Center of Tennessee’s Young Professionals Society for a special, joint event on immigration! This discussion will explore arguments on both sides of the immigration debate, giving you the information and understanding to have more meaningful and productive conversations about this important topic.

Every year, approximately 1 million immigrants legally enter the United States, and another 11.3 million are estimated to live in the country illegally. Economic prospects, political asylum, educational opportunities and many other concerns drive a desire to move to this country. Many believe increased immigration is a threat to safety and the American way of life. Others believe it is unjust to stand in the way of people who want to pursue a better life for their families.

In this discussion, we will explore whether America needs more or less immigration based on political, economic, moral, and cultural considerations. What terms should this debate be decided on? Is there an American way of life? If so, does immigration threaten it? If not, what is the goal of gate keeping a country? Does justice demand opening borders or protecting particular interests?

We’ll be joined by speakers Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at The Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, and Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. The panel will be moderated by Chris Freiman, an associate professor of philosophy at the College of William & Mary.

More details and speaker bios can be found on the Eventbrite page.

This is sure to be an interesting and lively discussion! We hope you’ll join us.