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With the Dec. 31 deadline for renewal of the Patriot Act approaching, a look at Immigration and The American Dream Post 9/11 will be the focus of a roundtable discussion and community forum at The New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, on Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free; reservations can be made by calling 973-596-8500 ext. 234.

The date for the discussion of current U.S. immigration issues, September 17, is Citizenship Day, a holiday made official by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 to discuss, honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

Open for discussion will be such questions as: How did we go from a nation proud of its immigrant roots to a nation struggling with a fractured immigration system? What laws protect immigrantís rights to attain the American Dream? What can we do to support the rich tradition of immigration that formed America--and New Jersey? Are the laws that are meant to prevent terror attacks violating our civil liberties and human rights?

The distinguished panel of civil rights advocates, community leaders and immigration policy professionals includes:

-Partha Banerjee, PhD., Executive Director, New Jersey Immigration Policy Network
-Jesse Taylor, Immigrant Rights Advocate with Project Hospitality
-Mary Kay Jou, Training Director, International Institute of New Jersey
-Ana Archila, Executive Director, Latin American Integration Center.

A question and answer session is part of the program. Refreshments will be served.

The New Jersey Historical Society is a statewide, private, nonprofit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of the state. Founded in 1845 and celebrating its 160th anniversary, NJHS is the oldest statewide cultural institution in New Jersey. Museum hours are Tues. through Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library hours are Tues. through Sat. 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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