The University of Arkansas hosted an anti-Trump program last week, which focused on “the plight” of illegal immigrants in “the Trump era,” as well as the argument that the United States should have more “inclusive” immigration policies, despite already being the most inclusive nation in the world with regards to immigration.
The course, entitled, “The Plight of Undocumented Youth in the Trump Era” was hosted on Friday as part of an effort to specifically offer students programs that embody “intellectual vitality” and “high quality” learning.
“Taking as its focal point the Trump administration’s decision to rescind Obama-era DACA protection, this class delves into the economic, political, and social factors that inform the public conversation about immigration,” states the course description.
The description adds that the course will explain how the United States can benefit from “inclusive” immigration policies.
The description fails to note, however, that the U.S. has more immigrants than any other country in the world, and by a wide margin, as the U.S. immigrant population is about four times that of the country with the second-largest immigrant population, according to the Pew Research Center.
“This class also takes a close look at the factors that carried Donald Trump to the White House,” continues the course description, adding that the class will also examine “how economic upheaval and the issue of immigration influenced the 2016 presidential election.”
The course was led by sociology professor William A. Schwab, who used his lecturing opportunity to promote his book, Right to DREAM: Immigration Reform and America’s Future.
In his book, Schwab argues in favor of the DREAM Act, “that would have provided conditional residency for undocumented youth brought to the United States as children.”
The course is part of the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
OLLI’s mission is to “provide a community of mature adults with a lifelong learning venue that promotes intellectual vitality through exploration and discussion via diverse, high quality and affordable educational programs,” according to its website.
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