When Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan father, became America’s first black President and when Sen. Marco Rubio, son of Cuban immigrants, helped write bipartisan immigration reform legislation, immigrant rights activists were convinced legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants was a done deal.
They were wrong.
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Ali Noorani’s new book “There Goes the Neighborhood” shows that the activists’ perception of imminent success was an illusion because they missed the broader picture of an angry populace that eventually helped elect Donald Trump as president — largely on his promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
Noorani, head of the Washington-based immigrant rights group National Immigration Forum, will be at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 8 p.m. Thursday to talk about “There Goes the Neighborhood.”
“While we were having a political debate,” Noorani said in an interview, “the rest of the country was having a cultural conversation. What I
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