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The changes rocking American immigration policy right now will reshape this country for generations to come.
We are living through a historic moment in America’s immigration story. But it’s impossible to understand that without the proper context. Caitlin Dickerson offers that context. A Pulitzer Prize winner and Peabody-winning journalist, she is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering immigration; previously, she covered this beat for years at The New York Times. The biggest immigration policy changes have taken place behind closed doors, and as an investigative reporter who helped crack open many of these changes, Dickerson explains how these decisions were made, and why. In talks, she also tells the human stories of those who have been impacted most: Dreamers, asylum-seeking families, illegal border crossers, Border Patrol and ICE agents, farmers, business owners—people whose stories help audiences expand their understanding of this hot-button topic.
The changes rocking American immigration policy right now will reshape this country for generations to come. They will reverberate across the globe. To help us understand what is at play, and what is at stake, there is Caitlin Dickerson, who writes on immigration for The Atlantic. Prior to this, she covered immigration for The New York Times, where she also wrote for The New York Times Magazine, guest-hosted The Daily, and starred in a TV commercial about her investigative work that aired during the Super Bowl. In talks, Dickerson shares behind-the-scenes stories and helps audiences grasp what the ongoing changes mean, as well as how they may shape the future of this country. From tracking down the youngest child to be separated from his parents at the southwest border, to exposing the truth about conditions inside detention facilities where hundreds of children were being housed without access to adequate food or the ability to bathe, to new political and policy developments, she has a front row seat to this unprecedented generational change.
For a series on The Daily, Dickerson dove into major elements of the family separation story that she brought to light, including that thousands had occurred before the US government admitted to the practice, and that border agents destroyed records that could have been used to track down families after they were torn apart. She has also appeared on Fresh Air to discuss stories she’s broken around conditions inside migrant detention facilities. Dickerson also appears on CNN as a policy analyst. She is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award, and was awarded a Peabody for her investigative work on veterans issues, which also led to the passage of a new law. She’s also won two National Association of Black Journalist Awards.