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Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States

  • When
  • September 17, 2019 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Amanda Baran, Laura Bingham, Patrick Gaspard, Maryam Saleh, and Manar Waheed
Panelists sitting on a stage

Whether obtained through birth or naturalization, American citizenship is American citizenship. In the darkest moments of U.S. history, though, political leaders have exploited citizenship laws to promote nativist ideologies and regressive political agendas. The legacy of this exploitation is the abandonment of longstanding legal norms and protections currently eroding the fundamental promise of equality in the United States. 

A new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative details the history of these efforts, which paved the way for the Trump administration to threaten the citizenship of Americans based on national origin, race, religion, and other factors.

This event, held on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, explores the current crisis as well as potential remedies to strengthen not only U.S. citizenship, but also the shared stories and values that shape and define the nation.


  • Amanda Baran


    Amanda Baran is an attorney, policy strategist, and writer with expertise in immigration law and policy and gender-based violence who serves as a consultant for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

  • Laura Bingham


    Until October 2021, Laura Bingham was the senior managing legal officer for equality and inclusion in the Open Society Justice Initiative.

  • Patrick Gaspard


    Until December 2020, Patrick Gaspard was president of the Open Society Foundations.

  • Maryam Saleh


    Maryam Saleh is an editor and reporter at The Intercept, where she focuses on immigration and politics.

  • Manar Waheed


    Manar Waheed is senior legislative and advocacy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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