(Aug. 20, 2014) -- The UTSA Mexico Center, in collaboration with the UTSA College of Public Policy and the St. Mary's University Center for Legal and Social Justice, will host a conference, "Central American Young Migrants and the Border Crisis: Causes and Response," on Tuesday, Aug. 26 to discuss the factors fueling the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America and the legal, policy and social responses to this humanitarian crisis.
The conference will be 8:30 a.m.-noon in Frio Street Building Room 1.402 on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at UTSA Lot D3, under Interstate 35.
Over the last 10 months, federal agents have apprehended more than 57,000 unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. Southwest border without legal documents. This has created an immigration and humanitarian crisis without precedent. What factors have given rise to this surge of youth migrants? What are the appropriate responses to this humanitarian crisis?
During the conference, Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy and a renowned scholar on Latino and social issues, will provide welcoming remarks and context for the day's two panel discussions.
The first panel discussion, "Why Youth Migration from Central America?," will draw from research by Harriett Romo, director of the UTSA Mexico Center and UTSA sociology professor; René Zenteno, demographer in the UTSA College of Public Policy; and Nestor Martinez, professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Romo worked with Mexican families without documents necessary for legal U.S. residency and studied the experiences of DREAMers across the country. She will report some of the reasons those families migrated, the experiences of the children, and the situations of the DREAMERS and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Rodriguez has done extensive research on migrations from Guatemala. Zenteno has done demographic research on migration from Mexico and Central America, intensity of migration flows and deportations.
The second panel will analyze the legal, policy and social responses to the crisis. It includes representatives from some of the main organizations providing services to the youth.
The panel includes Jonathan Ryan from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES); Adriane Meneses from St. Mary's University Center for Legal and Social Justice; J. Antonio Fernandez from the Archdioceses of San Antonio Catholic Charities; James Castro from St. PJ's Children's Home; Anna Huth from Catholic Relief Services; and Elizabeth Pate from the UTSA College of Education and Human Development. They will discuss programs and policies established to take care of the young migrants, as well as issues they face and policy or resource needs they see.
The UTSA CACP welcomes renowned architect Cesar Pelli, FAIA, RIBA, JIA as part of the CACP’s 2016-17 Speaker Series. Pelli is founder and Senior Principal of the New Haven, Conn. firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
Buena Vista Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Join the combined UTSA Bands as they perform a program of holiday and seasonal-themed music! This program is appropriate for all ages and includes medleys and arrangements of well-known favorites. Tickets are $10; no free admission.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
State Rep. Diego Bernal presents a Q&A panel discussion with MALDEF, RAICES and DMCA Immigration Law Firm about DACA and the current state of affairs for Dreamers. Opening remarks by Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
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