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The President and Immigration Law
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Adam B. Cox, Cristina M. Rodriguez
Tue, September 22nd, 2020 | 5:00 pm


The New-York Historical Society is thrilled to partner with the Bryant Park Reading Room to present a free program in the park. Now in its eleventh summer, this year’s Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room series features fascinating talks with preeminent historians and legal scholars.

In The President and Immigration Law, Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez chronicle the untold story of how, over the course of two centuries, the President became our immigration policymaker-in-chief. Diving deep into the history of American immigration policy — from founding-era disputes over deporting sympathizers with France to contemporary debates about asylum-seekers at the Southern border — they show how migration crises, real or imagined, have empowered presidents. Far more importantly, they also uncover how the Executive's ordinary power to decide when to enforce the law, and against whom, has become an extraordinarily powerful vehicle for making immigration policy. This pathbreaking account helps us understand how the United States has come to run an enormous shadow immigration system-one in which nearly half of all noncitizens in the country are living in violation of the law. It also provides a blueprint for reform, one that accepts rather than laments the role the President plays in shaping the national community, while also outlining strategies to curb the abuse of law enforcement authority in immigration and beyond.

Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez are the authors of The President and Immigration Law.


This program will be held on the Upper Terrace area at the base of the William Cullen Bryant Memorial in Bryant Park. Look for a barricaded area. Seating will be limited and safely spaced and equipment is sanitized after use.  
This program will also be livestreamed on the 
Bryant Park Reading Room Facebook page.
Rain Venue:
 In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.



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