Americans today have been bearing witness to a new upsurge in deportation of immigrants and refugees. Arrests of “non-criminals” have increased from 9,086 in 2016 to 20,464 arrests in 2018. While the numbers are rising, little is understood of the experience of deportation for families in the United States.
Rachel Woolf, a photographer from Michigan, captured the experience of one such family, the Quintana-Salazar family, through her “Deported” exhibit. Through Rachel Woolf’s account of assembling her award-winning photographic exhibition, and through summaries provided by those closely following deportation’s impacts on Long Island itself, we highlighted the significance of deportation in the here-and-now through a panel discussion, an in-person photo exhibit, and an online photo exhibit.
At the panel, Rachel Woolf recounted her experience with the exhibition. Professor Nancy Hiemstra discussed the population that is most vulnerable to deportation and the shifts in targets. Activist Richard Koubeck presented a policy overview of changes during the Trump administration and the increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants. Expert Irma Solis with the New York Civil Liberties Union discussed the labeling of Latino youth as criminals and how this labeling “has resulted in a community under terror.” This discussion was moderated by Professor Christopher Sellers.
This event was co-sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Long Island Immigrant Student Alliance.