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Visual advocacy: an immigration story.

Leyla-Denisa Obreja

The Visual Law Project at Yale presents a small video that focuses on the immigration removal procedures in the US while telling the story of the people affected by the system. It shows us the power of visual advocacy and the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to achieving social justice. In a sentimental yet pragmatic fashion, Alienation displays the problem of stereotyping, predetermined arrests, racism and the implications of immigration policies on future generations.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Thank you for sharing this. I can't believe that immigration law is practically the wild west. I'm so happy Obama recognizes the need to change this. Here's some interesting reading material if you want to learn more about immigration reform:

    This is the most important thing- immigration reform is good for the economy:

    • Leyla-Denisa Obreja

      Thank you Alessandra, both links carry paramount information! Unfortunately, immigration is a sensitive problem not only in the US but Europe also. Policies are very rigid and under the ''domestic security'' excuse, many States tend to differentiate between aliens and citizens. A reform must be carried out everywhere.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Good to know. I had no idea Europe was just as bad as the US. Are there any interesting immigration policies or reforms that are in debate in Europe right now?

        • Leyla-Denisa Obreja

          A recent case concerns Switzerland and their recent reform on quotas, which affects the EU along with the socio-economical ties between the two :

          In relation to citizens outside the EU, it is even more problematic given asylum and refugee standards, visa systems and requirements, etc. It does not appear that things will change soon, at least not the peace time status quo. In times of conflict, there are other rules and limitations (see Syrian flux of refugees in EU).