• San Francisco, CA

The Topic:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...
— Emma Lazarus

Addressing why homelessness is so persistent Poet Emma Lazarus wrote a poem titled "The New Colossus" in 1883 to help raise funds for the Statue of Liberty, which was completed three years later. The poem, often cited as representative of the U.S. approach to immigration, reads in part:

Her poem represented an unrealized ideal--and, sadly, still does. Bigotry against immigrants continues to be rife in our country. Immigration quotas based on racial hierarchies formally passed in 1924 and would remain in effect until 1965.

Our moderators for the night introducing the topic of immigration and deportation.

Our moderators for the night introducing the topic of immigration and deportation.