February 27, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH CÉSAR CUAUHTÉMOC GARCÍA HERNÁNDEZ
(New Press, $27.99)
Tuesday, February 27th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández discussing his powerful new book: Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of the “Criminal Alien” (New Press, $27.99).
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
A powerful argument for separating immigration enforcement from the criminal legal system, by one of the nation’s foremost “crimmigration” experts
In the fevered battles over immigration, Democrats and Republicans alike agree on this: that migrants who have committed a crime have no place in this country. But targeting migrants because they have committed a crime is a short-sighted appeal to nativist fear. To predicate a migrant’s right to stay in the country on whether they are law-abiding and therefore deserving or “criminal” and undeserving does little to improve public safety and has an especially devastating impact on low-income migrants of color.
While C sar Cuauht moc Garc a Hern ndez’s first book, Migrating to Prison, focuses on the explosion of migrant detention centers over the past decades, Welcome the Wretched tackles head-on what happens when a deeply flawed and racist criminal legal system and immigration system converge to senselessly cruel effect. Drawing on everything from history to legal analyses and philosophy, Garc a Hern ndez counters the fundamental assumption that criminal activity has a rightful place in immigration matters, arguing that instead of using the criminal legal system to identify people to deport, the United States should place a reimagined sense of citizenship and solidarity at the center of immigration policy.
About the Author:
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and an immigration lawyer. He has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Guardian, and many other venues. The author of Crimmigration Law as well as Migrating to Prison (The New Press), he lives in Denver, Colorado. You can read more at https://www.ccgarciahernandez.com/