Border wars

Wall topped with barbed wire

Border wars

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Michael D. Shear, David Leblang (moderator), David A. Martin (moderator)

Thursday, February 06, 2020
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)
Event Details


Join Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear, Washington correspondents for the New York Times, as they discuss their new book, Border Wars, which provides an inside account of the defining issue of Donald Trump’s presidency: his steadfast opposition to immigration to the U.S. Davis and Shear have covered the Trump administration from its earliest days. In Border Wars, they document how Trump and his allies blocked asylum-seekers and refugees, separated families, threatened deportation, and challenged the longstanding bipartisan consensus that immigrants make positive contributions to America.

Thursday, February 06, 2020
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis

Julie Hirschfeld Davis is the congressional editor and deputy Washington editor at The New York Times. She has covered politics from Washington for twenty-one years. She joined the Times in 2014 as a White House correspondent after stints at Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun, and Congressional Quarterly. She won the 2009 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.

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Michael D. Shear

Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent in The New York TimesWashington bureau, where he covers President Trump. A veteran political correspondent, before coming to the Times in 2010, he spent eighteen years writing about local, state and national politics at The Washington Post, where he was also part of the Pulitzer Prize–winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.

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David Leblang (moderator)

David Leblang, Randolph P. Compton Professor at the Miller Center, is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics. He is also professor of public policy at the University's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he is director of the Global Policy Center. 

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David A. Martin (moderator)

A leading scholar in immigration, constitutional law, and international law, David A. Martin is a Miller Center senior fellow and the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law Emeritus at the UVA School of Law. During a long career in public service, Martin served as as special assistant to the assistant secretary in the State Department’s then-new human rights bureau, principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, and was closely involved in critical legal and policy developments in immigration throughout his career.