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Immigration as a Moral Issue
Katz Church Office Building
Bainbridge Island, WA
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Immigration as a Moral Issue
This study group will give participants a broad understanding of the various forces that animate one of the more demanding human dynamics of our time.

Scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of Feb., March & April (Feb. 13 & 27, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23).

Facilitated by Rev. Jaco ten Hove and Betty Petras (a researcher and teacher of immigration-related subjects), with Kathryn Keve (retired psychologist, art therapist and photographer who is on the board of both the Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center in Bremerton and the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple on Bainbridge).

Through readings, videos, visitors and discussion, we will explore the history, stories, perspectives, policies, and moral principles that swirl around the issue of immigration. We will examine angles that include terminology, rationale, race/ethnicity, economics and enforcement.

Learning Objectives of each session:

Understand the terminology that is used to describe different kinds of people who migrate and their legal meaning.
Understand how difficult it is to immigrate to the country legally and the difference between "illegal" and "criminal".
Understand of the wide scope of the reasons for immigration.

Understand the history of migration to what is now called the United States.
Understand how immigration policy has been tied to race/ethnicity.

Understand the economic forces that drive immigration.
Understand the deleterious effects forced low-wage labor has on the working conditions of everyone who works in the U.S., both with documentation and without.

Understand the cost of our enforcement-only immigration policy, in terms of money, lives and human rights.
Understand the process by which immigration has become criminalized over time.
Understand the relationship between state and local authorities and the federal government's immigration enforcement agency.

Understand how immigration does not necessarily hurt U.S. workers.
Understand how corporations benefit from cheap labor.
Understand how corporations benefit from the business of enforcement.

Gain a broad understanding of immigration from a faith-based perspective, and from the Unitarian Universalist tradition.
Consider ways in which we can achieve a policy on immigration that is in keeping with Unitarian Universalist principles.


Katz Church Office Building (View)
571 Ericksen Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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