Letters and Politics

The History of the Bureau of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Then Labor and Gender History

Mitch Jeserich talks to legal scholar Peter Afrasiabi about the history of the agency that is tasked with capturing, detaining, and deporting people, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and how immigration went from a labor issue to a national security one.

Peter Afrasiabi is a federal court litigation lawyer at One LLP, he founded and directs the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic and is a Lecturer of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he regularly takes pro bono immigration appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is the author of Show Trials: How Property Gets More Legal Protection than People in Our Failed Immigration System. His latest book is Burning Bridges: America’s 20-Year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges. For more information visit his book website Burning Bridges Book.com

Then our contributor Olive Sand talks to sociology professor Ruth Milkman about women’s labor history, immigrant workers and the dynamics of job segregation by sex during WWII. Professor Milkman latest book is On Gender, Gender, and Inequality.

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