National Immigrant Integration Conference

At the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Detroit, Michigan, the book was discussed as part of a special session on October 21 before a packed room of participants. Accompanying Charles on the Panel were Petra Falcon, from Promise Arizona, who spoke of her experience in Arizona with the implementation of the 1986 law, and Anna Marie Gallagher, who is now with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), an organization affiliated with the Catholic Church, which was spawned from the IRCA implementation work. She spoke of her experience as a young attorney whose Central American clients suddenly had a path to legal status thanks to IRCA’s legalization program. The program was moderated by Nancy Flores with the National Partnership of New Americans, organizers of the conference. Walmart provided books to attendees of the special session.

At the same conference, Wells Fargo hosted a reception and book signing for the author.

Center for Migration Studies

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) of New York hosted an event to discuss the book on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. The author appeared on a panel that included CMS Executive Director Don Kerwin, Brooklyn Bishop Nick DiMarzio, Sonia Lin of the New York Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Bob Juceam, Of Counsel at Fried, Frank.

Below there is a video recording of that event.

Panel Discussion at Migration Policy Institute

On June 26, 2019, the Migration Policy Institute hosted a panel to discuss the book and the lessons it contains. The author was joined by other veterans of the debate that led to the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. They discussed the elements that led to passage of the bill, both personal and political, the intended and unintended consequences of the legislation, and what lessons of that time might be applied to today’s immigration reform debate.

Following is a video of the MPI event.