Immigrants & the Sanctuary City: Then and Now

When: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $15 & up | $10 for Museum Members
People awaiting the arrival of immigrants at the Battery from Ellis Island with elevated railroad in background, ca. 1901. Byron Company (New York, N.Y.) 93.1.1.4445.

On the day after the deadline for the expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, join historians, activists, and experts including Mae Ngai, Professor of Asian American Studies and History at Columbia University; activist leader Ana Maria Archila of the Center for Popular Democracy; and Bitta Mostofi, Acting Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, to contextualize the current climate for immigrants in New York against the city’s historic identity as the nation’s melting pot. Moderated by WNYC reporter Matt Katz

This program accompanies our ongoing exhibition Activist New York. To view more programs in this series, click here.

About the Speakers:
Ana María Archila
is the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy in Brooklyn and a leading advocate for civil rights, health care access, education equity, and immigrant rights in New York State, and nationally. She was previously the co-executive director of Make the Road New York, and before that, she led the Latin American Integration Center. Archila emigrated to the U.S. from Colombia at the age of 17.

Bitta Mostofi, New York City Acting Commissioner of Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, is a long time immigrant rights advocate and human rights organizer. She formerly practiced civil rights law with a particular focus on the discriminatory impact of immigration practices on Muslim or Middle Eastern immigrants. In 2014, Bitta joined the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to spearhead the IDNYC outreach campaign. 

Dr. Mae Ngai is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of two award-winning books, including Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton University Press, 2004), and has written on immigration history and policy for publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Read a recent TIME interview with Ngai here

Matt Katz (moderator) reports on air at WNYC about immigration, refugees, and national security. Katz formerly covered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for more than five years. In 2015, he and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal. Read his recent Times profile of Congolese immigrant Andre Twendele here.

$20 for adults | $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum members
Includes Museum admission.

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at programs@mcny.org or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.

Our Partners

Programs offered in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin FoundationActivist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

Special thanks to The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Citizenship Now!, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, CUNY School of Law.

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