Tag Archives: Immigration

Public Charge: A New Threat to Immigrant Families

Caroline Kravitz ’19 shared this information from Protecting Immigrant Families regarding proposed changes to America’s immigration policy and what you can do to support immigrant families. You can submit public comment at the link above before December 10 to support the effort to prevent this catastrophic rule change.

For more information, check out the flyer below:

AWARENESS 2017: America Divided film screening

You’re invited to a film screening:

America Divided: Out of Reach and The Class Divide is a series of documentaries focusing on inequalities in the United States as presented by high profile correspondents. America Ferrera, the daughter of immigrants, explores the ways refugees and immigrants are treated in Texas. Jesse Williams examines effects of the school-to-prison pipeline on students and the community in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the last film in the AWARENESS 2017 Film Series.

The film starts at 8, and admission is free!

Date: Tuesday, April 18th – tonight!
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Center for Film Studies

President Roth Sends All Campus Email Responding to Trump’s Muslim Ban

“Our international programs, our financial aid policies and employment programs comply with all applicable Federal and State laws. However, we will object to and oppose administrative dictates that violate the law and the Constitution and, if necessary, we will work with others to do so in court.”

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This morning, President Roth published a piece entitled “We Are All Immigrants!” on his blog, which detailed Wesleyan’s continued support for its “students, faculty and staff, regardless of their country of origin or their religious beliefs.” The post re-affirmed Wesleyan’s status as a Sanctuary Campus and reiterated what that means for current and future students. The post also included a continued commitment to treating undocumented students the same as U.S. citizens and permanent residents in the admissions process. This comes after yesterday’s reactions to Trump’s now-infamous ban on immigration from 7 majority-Muslim countries.

Shortly after publishing the post on his blog, President Roth sent out an all-campus email with the same text, saying that Wesleyan is confident in the legality of all its policies with respect to its international programs, financial aid policies, and employment programs, and is prepared to work with others to challenge unconstitutional dictates by the Trump administration in court. Read past the jump for the full-text of the email:

Film Series: In a Foreign Land (En Tierra Extraña)

2014. Spain. Dir: Iciar Bollain. Documentary. 72 min.



Since Spain’s economic crisis began, over 700,000 Spaniards have left othe country in search of a better life, Spain’s highest profile female director tackles the very current issue of intra-European exile. With a critical eye, Bollain captures articulate, moving expressions of the frustration and anger felt by expatriates.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Le Havre

2011. France/Finland. Dir: Aki Kaurismäki. With André Wilms. 93 min. 35mm print



In this urban fairytale, a failed author takes under his wing a young illegal immigrant from Africa. With European xenophobia at its peak, Kaurismäki – a kind of droll Finnish precursor to Wes Anderson – applies a deadpan humor and pictorial compositions to inject a dose of optimism into a dilapidated world of lovable outcasts and deadbeats.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: My Beautiful Laundrette

1985. UK. Dir: Stephen Frears. With Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day-Lewis. 97 min.



In the face of homophobia, Thatcherism, and interracial taboos, Omar and Johnny endeavor to keep their laundrette beautiful. Frears rattles toe era’s socioeconomic paradigms with deeply felt drama and trenchant social satire, crafting an indispensable work of British indy cinema.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Dheepan

2015. France. Dir: Jacques Audiard. With Antonythasan Jesuthasan. 115 min.


Three Strangers pose as a family to flee war-torn Sri Lanka, but the Parisian projects where they settle become another crucible of conflict. As an immersive chronicle of psychological and interpersonal struggles amidst an alienating, crime-filled milieu, the Palme d’Or winner earns comparison to Taxi Driver (albeit with better gender balance).

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Immigration and Domestic Violence: Examining the Legal Implications of Intersectionality

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A message from Lily Wittrock ’16:

Come to a discussion with Martin Wheeler, of Connecticut Legal Services, to learn about his experience as a family attorney for survivors of domestic violence who are either undocumented or rely on their partner for lawful immigration status. Mr. Wheeler is also a licensed family therapist and will discuss his experiences working with victims of trauma.

Sponsored by Students for Consent and Communication, Ajua Campos, International House, and the Planned Parenthood Campus Action Interns.

Date: November 14, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 112
Facebook: Here

Film Screening: The Dream is Now

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Christian Hosam ’15 writes in with a great film that you should see tonight:

The Dream is Now is a new 30-minute documentary that’s being made in real time, as this debate is unfolding, by Academy Award-winning director, Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for ‘Superman’An Inconvenient Truth). Dream gives voice to and puts a human face on the undocumented children of immigrants who are desperate to earn their citizenship and give back to the only country they’ve ever called “home.” The film also goes beyond the personal. It places these stories in a larger context and explores the consequences of continuing our current policies and maintaining the status quo – consequences not just for these young people today, but for our country’s future.

Both moving and thought-provoking, The Dream is Now brings this pressing issue to America’s attention, where we can all debate, discuss, and decide for ourselves what is right, what is fair, and what is best for our nation.

Date: Tonight!
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Usdan 110