Voices from detention: SUNY Delhi Constitution Day explores the U.S. asylum system


SUNY Delhi will host its annual Constitution Day Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 at 6 p.m. in Okun Theatre on SUNY Delhi campus. This year’s program, “Voices from Detention: A Constitutional Perspective on US Immigration,” will include first-hand video testimony from three Russian asylum-seekers who fled their country in the past year and sought refuge in the United States. Under policies implemented by the Trump administration and continuing under the Biden administration, asylum-seekers - who have not broken any law - are now being indefinitely imprisoned. Current ICE detainees Boris, Maria and Igor will share their testimonies about the abuses they have suffered within the American immigration system, including inadequate food and water, and refusal of necessary medical care. Interviews with the asylum seekers were conducted by Daniel Gashler, associate professor of history at SUNY Delhi.  Gashler will also moderate the night’s discussion. 

Members of the media and the public are welcome to attend.


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