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Immigration has changed a lot since your boat landed at Ellis Island, you waited around long enough to prove you didn’t have tuberculosis, and then you hit the pavement. But it has always been a three-way battle between the immigrants’ natural desire for the benefits of employment, the economy’s need for new labor, and Americans’ willingness to receive refugees. Until 2003, that is, when the Department of Homeland Security made it a foursome. The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAiR) Coalition recruits attorneys and other volunteers to defend the rights of all immigrants, to lobby for rational immigrant legislation, and to represent asylum seekers pro bono. Iranian-born Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) knows a little something about civil rights and immigration; she lived through Iran’s Islamic fundamentalist revolution and now teaches at Johns Hopkins. She will speak at the CAiR Coalition’s fundraiser auction at 6 p.m. at Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Ave. NW. Free (donations accepted; proceeds benefit the CAiR Coalition). (202) 331-3320 x21. (Janet Hopf)