3/4-5 Las Cruces, NM: Timely Immigration Conference
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Timely Immigration Conference in New Mexico
As the national debate over immigration reform heats up once again, a
timely conference on immigration and human rights issues will be held
March 4 and 5 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Co-sponsored by New Mexico State
University’s Center for Latin American Studies and the International
Relations Institute, the gathering will draw scholars, students and
community leaders to consider the immigration issue within the context of
a border human rights framework.
A highlight of the event will include a March 4 keynote presentation and
exhibit by author and photo-journalist David Bacon. A prolific writer on
immigration and labor issues in the United States and Mexico, the
California-based Bacon has spent years documenting the lives of indigenous
and other migrants on the West Coast and elsewhere.
Presentations will feature New Mexico State University sociologist Alison
Newby, University of California Riverside researchers Jan and Diane Rus,
Vicky Gaubeca of the American Civil Liberties Union New Mexico branch, and
Ambassador Johnny Young of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, among
According to conference organizers, the event is intended to expand the
debate on the immigration issue, as well as help build an
immigration-focused curriculum and research program at New Mexico State
University and collaborating institutions of higher learning.
Noting that the recent immigration reform controversy has centered on
border and internal security linkages, conference organizers said the Las
Cruces event has the potential of creating a human rights framework for
“informing policy debates” while promoting new understandings of the roots
and impacts of migration.
The conference will be held at the Anderson Hall Auditorium on the New
Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces, and is free and open to the
For more information:
Roberta Gran, International Relations Institute
Neil Harvey, Center for Latin American and Border Studies
Frontera NorteSur (FNS): on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico=================================================================
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