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Immigration teach-in aims to generate informative, civil conversation

New York Water Taxi vessels cruise between the South Street Seaport and Pier 83 at West 42nd Street, Manhattan, passing the Statue of Liberty on the way. (Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Given today’s political atmosphere, with terms such as fake news, bigotry and racism becoming frequent in the media landscape, many have said the need for conversation has become more apparent than ever.

On Thursday, April 13, Acting Director of Foundational Studies John Bieter, is holding a teach-in, titled “mmigration: The Pros, Cons, Economic Facts and Political Fictions .”

“The topic of immigration is obviously timely, and I am going to try to do three things,” Bieter said. “I want to put today’s events into a historical context; I want to address what the actual issues around immigration are and most specifically; I want to have a question and answer period with students.”

Four months into the Trump Administration, there have been executive orders put in place regarding Middle-Eastern travel bans, the building of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and most recently, President Trump ordered a military airstrike against Syria.

Boise State History and University Foundations Professor Matt Recla, addressed these concerns, saying because of certain acts of terror that have occurred in recent times, our society seems to be “drastically overemphasizing the negative and minimizing all of the positives that immigration brings.”

According to Bieter, though informing the Boise State community about immigration is important, the main goal of this teach-in is to have healthy conversation about an extremely controversial issue.

“I believe we are badly in need of civil discourse and practicing civility, especially regarding an issue of this size and relevance,” Bieter said. “I hope this will be an experience of that. To truly understand your culture, this country—and the world as a whole—you must have an understanding of immigration, plain and simple.”

Bieter’s Immigration Teach-In will be held at 12 p.m. in Albertsons Library, room 201C.

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