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AAWW TV: Family vs. Immigration

Novelist Shanthi Sekaran speaks with Race Forward’s Rinku Sen and Kavita Das about how our immigration system threatens families of color


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As the country faces a xenophobic resurgence, we present novelists, filmmakers, and activists who are narrating how our immigration system threatens families, mothers, and children. Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel Lucky Boy follows an undocumented eighteen-year-old Chicano mother who winds up in immigration detention—causing her son to be adopted by an upper class Desi foster mother. To write the book, Shanthi relied partly on the “Shattered Families” report produced by Race Forward; the organization’s Executive Director, Rinku Sen, discussed how immigration enforcement splits apart children from their families. Moderated by writer and Race Forward staff Kavita Das.

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