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    "Border Wars"

    Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

    When: Monday, 11/4/2019 7:30 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

    Please note the new location: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor.


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCAs his campaign rhetoric in the 2018 midterms demonstrated, no issue matters more to Donald Trump than immigration. And no issue—with the possible exception of his opposition to Robert Mueller's investigation of his 2016 campaign—better defines his administration.

    New York Times journalists Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear have covered the Trump administration from its earliest days. In Border Wars, they take readers inside the White House to document how Trump and his allies blocked asylum-seekers and refugees, separated families, threatened deportation and sought to erode the longstanding bipartisan consensus that immigration and immigrants make positive contributions to America.

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    As the authors reveal, Trump has used immigration to stoke fears ("the caravan"), attack Democrats and the courts, and distract from negative news and political difficulties. Even as illegal immigration has fallen in recent years, Trump has elevated it in the imaginations of many Americans into a national crisis. 

    Border Wars identifies the players behind Trump's anti-immigration policies, showing how they planned, stumbled and fought their way toward major immigration changes that have further polarized the nation. This definitive, behind-the-scenes account is filled with previously unreported stories that reveal how Trump's decision-making is driven by gut instinct and marked by disorganization, paranoia and a constantly feuding staff.

    The event will be moderated by R.B. Brenner.

    Julie Hirschfeld Davis is a congressional correspondent at The New York Times. She has covered politics from Washington for 19 years, writing on Congress, three presidential campaigns and three presidents. Hirschfeld Davis joined the Times in 2014 after stints at Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun and Congressional Quarterly. She is the 2009 winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her coverage of the federal response to the 2008 financial meltdown. Hirschfeld Davis grew up in New York City and attended Yale University.

    Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent in the Washington bureau for The New York Times, where he covers President Trump, with a focus on domestic policy, the regulatory state and life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A veteran political correspondent, Shear covered Barack Obama's presidency, including the 2012 re-election campaign.

    Before coming to The Times in 2010, Shear spent 18 years at The Washington Post, writing about local communities, school districts, state politics, the 2008 presidential campaign and the White House. A member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, he is a 1990 graduate of Claremont McKenna College and has a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Shear lives in Virginia with his wife and two teenage children.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCR.B. Brenner is a lecturer in the department of communication and managing director of the Stanford Journalism and Democracy Initiative. He returned to Stanford in 2018 after four years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a tenured full professor and director of the School of Journalism. Brenner had been a Stanford Lecturer from 2010 to 2014. Brenner's teaching is informed by his three-decade career as a reporter and editor. He held several prominent editing positions at The Washington Post, including Sunday Editor and Metro Editor. Brenner was one of the primary editors of The Washington Post's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and played a leadership role in merging the digital and print newsrooms. He has been a consultant for two journalism-themed films: The Post (2017) and State of Play (2009). A graduate of Oberlin College, Brenner began his reporting career in North Carolina and also worked at newspapers in California and Florida.

    Books will be available for sale at the event (price TBA).


    Monday, November 4
    7:30 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor
    $32 Ticket and Book Bundle, General Public | $28 Ticket and Book Bundle, Members and J-Pass Holders | $25 Ticket Only, General Public | $20 Ticket Only, Members and J-Pass Holders Contact: Esther Young | (650) 223-8678 | [email protected]

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