Second Conversation on Immigration

Second Living Room Conversation on Immigration

Since this 2nd Living Room Conversation was inspired by our 1st Living Room Conversation on the topic of money in politics, we prefaced this LRC with an email to the participants. We have provided the email we used for your reference:

Hello Friends,

Joan and I are very excited to sit down for our second Living Room Conversation around the topic of immigration on January 21st at 1pm at Joan's home. 

One of the things that we talked about after our first Living Room Conversation, was the desire to have some shared knowledge around the topic at hand so we wanted to invite everyone to share an item - a newspaper article, a report, a study, a source from a medium you trust that informs your opinion(s) on immigration. This way, we can see a glimpse of the perspective(s) that we as individuals are entering into this conversation with. Wonderful if you can take a look at the shared reading, that said we appreciate that not everyone may have the time to read what is shared. 

The topic of immigration is broad and a conversation about it can be entered into from various angles - we might end up talking about government policy, community change,or  immigrants & non-immigrants just to name a few.

Here are some sources that we thought might be helpful to get the information sharing going:

-  The US Chamber's Myths & Facts about immigration: http://www.uschamber.com/reports/immigration-myths-and-facts

-  A discussion about having immigrants coming to your community from Everyday Democracy: http://www.everyday-democracy.org/en/Resource.23.aspx

-  Welcoming America's Guide from our fiscal sponsor, Public Conversations Project: http://www.welcomingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/wac.dialogue.w01.pdf

-  Potential policy options from The National Issues Forum: http://www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/detail.aspx?itemID=758&catID=13

We will obviously be using different questions for this second Living Room Conversation and here are a few that might be helpful to start thinking about now: 1. Please share a story from your life experience that might help others understand how you came to have the perspectives, concerns or values you have related to immigration. 2. What is at the heart of the matter for you? (In other words, what is that really matters to you related to immigration? 3. As you think about your perspectives and experiences with this issue, can you speak about any ways you might be pulled in different directions? Like: On one hand, I really care about _________________ and on the other hand, I care about or appreciate _______________________ so it's a little complicated for me - or the issue isn't totally "black and white" or "pro and con" for me because ___________________.

Really looking forward to seeing everyone on the 21st! Amanda

Discussion Guide for Second Conversation on Immigration

Co-Host 1 - Welcomes to my home.

Co-Host 2 - Lead personal check-ins & what we are each looking forward to with this 2nd conversation.

Co-Host 1 - Read the Ground Rules aloud and have everyone agree to them for this conversation.

Co-Host 2 - Let’s delve into the topic of immigration and use these questions to start our conversation and see where it takes us.

  • Please share a story from your life experience that might help others understand how you came to have the perspectives, concerns or values you have related to immigration.

Co-Host 1

  • What is at the heart of the matter for you? (In other words, what is that really matters to you related to immigration?

Co-Host 2

  • As you think about your perspectives and experiences with this issue, can you speak about any ways you   might be pulled in different directions? Like: On one hand, I really care about _________________ and    on the other hand, I care about or appreciate _______________________ so it's a little complicated for me - or the issue isn't totally "black and white" or "pro and con" for me because ___________________.