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Rachel Ida Buff, Author of 'Against the Deportation Terror'
Thursday, February 1, 20187:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is cosponsored by Voces de la Frontera and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of History.

Despite being characterized as a nation of immigrants, the United States has seen a long history of immigrant rights struggles. In her timely book Against the Deportation Terror, Rachel Ida Buff uncovers this multiracial history through the story of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born (ACPFB). From its origins in the 1930s through repression during the early Cold War, to engagement with new Latinx and Caribbean immigrants in the 1970s and early 1980s, the ACPFB has responded to various, ongoing crises of what they called “the deportation terror.”

Advocates worked against repression, discrimination, detention, and expulsion in migrant communities across the nation at the same time as they supported reform of federal immigration policy. Prevailing in some cases and suffering defeats in others, the story of the ACPFB is characterized by persistence in multiracial organizing even during periods of protracted repression. By tracing the work of the ACPFB and its allies over half a century, Against the Deportation Terror provides important historical precedent for contemporary immigrant rights organizing.

About the Author: Rachel Ida Buff is Professor of History and Coordinator, Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship and the author of Immigration and the Political Economy of Home: West Indian Brooklyn and American Indian Minneapolis, 1945-1992.
Event Type: Immigration, Political

Boswell Book Company

2559 N Downer Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53211

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