The event kicked off with MAI’s Caribbean cuisine, the screening of a short video about immigrants in the Media, Father John McCarthy–from the Irish pastoral Centre–sharing his experience in going to detention facilities and two daring presenters from SIM who shared their stories, with the participants, of being undocumented and having their families wrenched as a result of deportation. To keep discussion engaging and informative, Councilor Charles Yancey addressed what it would mean to Boston residents if a legislative on comprehensive immigration passes this year. Just before the Q&As section, Dr. Lorna Rinear exposed her research work on a Montserratian immigrant woman who was deported in the 70s but her story and experience are very much relevant to today immigration injustice.
Once again, the B&G event was a wonderful event with great turnout and engaging discussion. We could say that this year’s theme was a manifestation of IIIC’s commitment to helping immigrants from Ireland and other part of the world achieve a full integration in U.S. society.