SCWA November Program

David J. Bier


How Legal Immigration Can Secure the Border


Date:  Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time:  Membership Social at 7:30 p.m.  Program at 8:00 p.m.


Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators, and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

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David J. Bier


Illegal immigration—particularly from Central America—has dominated the presidential debates and media coverage for most of President Trump’s presidency. But David Bier argues that it is government restrictions on legal immigration that ultimately drives immigrants to come illegally.

Mr. Bier will explain the limited and onerous pathways to receive legal status in the United States and provide a behind the scenes look at the decision-making process for Central Americans debating whether to come legally or illegally. Ultimately, he will conclude by laying out the choices that Congress must make to determine the future of both legal and illegal immigration.

 Speaker’s Biography: 

David J. Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Bier drafted immigration legislation as a senior policy advisor for Congressman Raúl Labrador, a then member and later chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. He is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement, and his work has been cited in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, and many other print and online publications. Previously, he worked as the immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and most recently as the director of immigration policy at the Niskanen Center.


* The Cato Institute was founded in 1977 in Washington, DC as a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues. Cato remains dedicated to providing clear, thoughtful, and independent analysis on vital public policy issues. The Institute accepts no government funding. Approximately 80% of its funding is from tax-deductible contributions from individuals. The remainder of its support comes from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications.




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80 Days


Friday, Dec 13th at 8:00 pm

presented by Savannah Repertory Theatre

40% of ticket sales benefit Savannah Council on World Affairs

Story: Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s adaptation of the classic literary adventure by Jules Verne.

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$18 advanced special until Dec 9th

$25 general admission after Dec 9th

$20 senior/kids after Dec 9th

$10 student rush at the door with a valid ID

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Thursday, December 12:  Michael Lind, Professor of Practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and co-author with Robert D. Atkinson of Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business.      Topic: “The Return of Geo-Economics”


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