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A Better Understanding of Border Issues        


We will discuss what borders are, what international law requires, and how the U.S. manages border control in the first three sessions. The fourth session will have a panel of recent immigrants discussing their path to the U.S.

Facilitator: John Holbrooke
In 1982, a young Holbrooke took a job with U.S. Customs at Los Angeles International Airport. It led to a 39-year career. For five years, Holbrooke was a customs inspector “annoying the traveling public and impeding, sometimes destroying international cargo. I also collected duty, stamped passports, seized dope and money - both laundered and counterfeit.” He then spent time as an intelligence analyst for two years before moving to Washington to work with the U.S. Customs Office of International Affairs. This transitioned into U.S. Customs and Border Protection within Homeland Security in 2004. Holbrooke explains: “I advised, promoted, represented, taught, interdicted, seized and coordinated. I travelled to East Asia, Central Asia, Most of Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.  It was usually fun.  My career plan was to go to faraway places and eat.  Mission accomplished.” He retired in 2021.

Thursdays, April 11, 18, 25. 3-4pm. Followed by drinks and appetizers.
$15/M, $35/NM for 3-week course.

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