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Immigration Awareness

“Immigration, Race and Xenophobia”

Lecture and discussion by Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute Director Tyrone Powers, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Adil Qaiyumi, Esq., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, CALT 100

It has been noted that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, but there is major pushback against immigrants from certain nations. Join the discussion and examine the role of race, prejudices and discrimination in the immigration debate.

 “Ask an Immigration Attorney Night”

Pro Bono Legal Consultation, 6-9 p.m. April 12, CALT 100

Free, 20-minute confidential immigration legal consultations will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis with Spanish-, Arabic- and Urdu-speaking attorneys present. This event is open to the public, however consultation does not create an attorney-client relationship.

 “The Refugee Vetting Process”

Jason Houser, senior foreign engagement officer at USCYBERCOM and AACC adjunct faculty member, 12:30-1:45 p.m. April 13, CALT 100

A lecture and discussion on the politicization of refugees and the rigorous screening process they undergo before being allowed entry into the U.S.

 “Revisiting the Reasonable Person Standard in the 21st Century”

Lecture and discussion by Marvin Astrada, Ph.D., research associate at the Federal Judicial Center, and Scott Astrada, Esq., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18, CALT 100

The Reasonable Person is one of law’s most enduring legal fictions. Does this fiction, however, utilized since the inception of American society, require reassessment due to the fact that it bears little, if any, resemblance to the world from and for which it was created? Does it reflect the reasonableness of the average Everyman/woman in an increasingly diverse population? Explore how reasonableness is more than just an abstract common-sense concept, and how it profoundly impacts those who must contend with notions of reasonableness, e.g., people of color, that may not reflect the realities that inform what is, in fact, "reasonable."  

 Immigration Heritage Day

11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, CALT 100

Listen to a diverse group of American immigrants share their immigration stories and join us in a feast of international food.

 All events are free and open to the public. For information visit

Or contact:

Adil Qaiyumi, Esq., 410-777-1483,

Anika Ingram, Esq., 410-777-2182,

James A. Felton III, chief diversity officer, 410-777-1472,

Sponsored by the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute, Anne Arundel Community College School of Business and Law.