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UTSA Mexico Center hosts migration law panel

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 9, 2008)--The UTSA Mexico Center and the Department of Political Science and Geography will sponsor a panel discussion on the bilateral and global impact of U.S. migration laws from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 11 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. United States migration laws are an issue of concern in immigrants' countries of origin and U.S. communities with large migrant populations.

The panel will include Katherine Donato, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University; Jorge Durand, Department of Anthropology, University of Guadalajara, Mexico; and Silvia Pedraza, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Donato will speak on "The Consequences of Immigration Policy for Mexican Migration to the U.S." She was the lead investigator on the project, "Health Consequences of Mexican Migration to the United States." With principal research exploring the social, industrial and familial impact of immigration, Donato has earned support from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Durand will present a Mexican perspective on the issue. A prolific writer on Mexican-American immigration issues, he wrote "Crossing the Border: Research from the Mexican Migration Project," "Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration" and "Miracles on the Border: Retalbos of Mexican Migrants to the United States." He will discuss his new book, "Dangerous Border: Human Rights and National Security."

Bringing an international scope to the debate, Pedraza will present "Impact of Migration Restrictions on Cuban Migration to the U.S." According to Pedraza, unlike Mexicans, Cubans receive a sort of amnesty as a protected class. She is the author of "Political Disaffection in Cuba's Revolution and Exodus."

The UTSA Mexico Center is a resource for scholars studying U.S.-Mexico relations and the interactions of the two societies. The center provides scholarships and research fellowships and facilitates travel for students and researchers requiring field time or consultation with experts in Mexico. The center's mission is to encourage dialogue resulting in bilateral solutions to situations affecting the United States and Mexico.

For more information, visit the UTSA Mexico Center Web site or call (210) 458-2923.

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