Immigration has been a fact of life for the U.S. as long as we’ve been a country, yet in the last few years it has again become a topic of intense disagreement. This study group will investigate how the U.S. immigration system works. What happens when immigrants reach the border? What agencies are involved, and what are their responsibilities? What is the difference between an immigrant, a refugee and an asylum-seeker? Is the system different for each? What does it take to get a Green Card, and what rights does that confer? How do the immigration courts work? How much of the system is specified in law and how much is at the discretion of the various agencies? We will take a short look at the history of immigration, but the focus is on the here-and-now. We will not be debating the appropriateness of the Administration’s actions but will try to understand how the system is structured. Because this topic is so current, we will not use a book but rather refer to websites for our information. No class on 11/27/19.