Labor, Law, and the Politics of Immigration
“[W]e must remember that the vast majority of illegal immigrants
are decent people who work hard, support their families, practice
their faith, and lead responsible lives. They are a part of American
life, but they are beyond the reach and protection of American
Bush, President of the United States, September 2006
There's no doubt that Mexican men and women full of dignity, willpower
and a capacity for work are doing the work that not even blacks
want to do in the United States. Vicente
Fox, Former President of Mexico, May 2005
"Democracy is a process of inclusion, not exclusion. The need for changes in public policy and repairs to our broken immigration system impacts us all."
Esther Nieves, Director of Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The American Friends Service Committee, July 2006
“Un/Welcome Guests” will focus on the provocative and ongoing debates about
immigration, illegal entry into the United States, and the intense
racial, class, and ethnic politics that shape this contemporary
issue. This panel discussion will feature guests with wholly
on and approaches to the immigration debate. Their views on labor,
immigration, American history, and Mexican society will broaden
our collective understanding of the high stakes and important issues
are part of this current debate on illegal immigration, guest worker
programs, and labor.
Professor Flavio Risech-Ozeguera of Hampshire College is associate professor
of law and ethnic studies. He has extensive
teaching expertise in transnational migrations, Latino and Latin
American Studies, civil and human rights. This fall, he is teaching
Matters: Mexico and the U.S.” at Hampshire College.
Gordon Lee Baum is the founder and executive director of the Council of Conservative
Citizens. Established in 1988, the conservative organization
has chapters nationwide and publishes a quarterly newsletter entitled Citizens Informer. CCC meetings have featured keynote lectures by the recently deceased long-time
South Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and the former Mississippi Senator
Trent Lott. A Vietnam War veteran and former engineer at General
Motors, Mr. Baum proposes that current immigration activities constitute
a “full scale invasion” and that “dramatic change is irreversible.”
He advocates that all Americans, as members of a democracy, “should
have knowledge of what’s happening.”
Esther Nieves, director
of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights division of the American Friends
Service Committee, is a vocal expert featured
regularly in ongoing public conversations about immigration. She is a graduate
of Mundelein College in Chicago, a Roman Catholic college for
that pioneered women’s studies programs and created a historic
program comprised completely of women faculty with doctoral degrees.
Ms. Nieves brings expertise and passion to her work on immigrant
and refugee rights. She also serves currently as the director of the
AFSC’s Project Voice, a program that works to “uplift immigrant voices and strengthen efforts of
immigrant-led organizations to set an agenda for fair and humane
national public policies” (1).
Join us for a substantive and informative discussion of history, culture, law,
Photo: Illegal immigrant
from Mexico detained by U.S. Border Patrol. Tricia McInroy. Tucson Citizen.
1)AFSC, News Release, “National Press Conferences Held: No Human
Being Is Illegal.” 24 May 2006.
Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 7:30 PM
Speakers: Gordon Lee Baum, Esther Nieves, Flavio Risech-Ozeguera
Place: Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mount Holyoke College
Admission: Free and open to the public.
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