Immigrants, Refugees and American Identity in the Age of Trump

Mark May 2017Do immigrants bring rich diversity to America or are they a drain on the U.S. economy and a source of terrorism?

At 10 a.m. Feb. 5, Mark Randol, whose 35 years in military and civil service were largely devoted to counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence, will be in PebbleCreek to explore the issues surrounding immigration.

"The election of President Trump tapped into anxieties about America’s culture and identity," Randol says, "with some people fanning flames of distrust." His presentation will provide information about the historical context for U.S. immigration policy, the differences among visitors, immigrants and refugees, and the vetting process for each. He will also discuss the implications of increased deportations of the undocumented and what to expect from a multi-billion dollar program to construct a 2,000-mile border wall.

Randol is an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches courses in domestic terrorism and counterintelligence. He lectures at the University of Southern California and teaches U.S. Coast Guard certified maritime security courses. He also provides security consulting services for a variety of American and international clients.

Before retiring in May 2011, he served as the senior specialist in domestic intelligence and counterterrorism at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in Washington, D.C. which provides Congress with comprehensive and non-partisan research and policy analysis.

Prior to CRS, Randol was the director of counterterrorism policy at the Department of Homeland Security, representing the department at the National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Security Group, charged with overseeing the U.S. government's counterterrorism efforts.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $4 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.

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