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Immigration Enforcement, Reform Panel March 8


Immigration Enforcement, Reform Panel March 8

Scholars and analysts will discuss current policies and reform measures at UC Riverside.

(March 4, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A panel of scholars and policy analysts will discuss immigration enforcement and reform at UC Riverside at noon Tuesday, March 8, in Interdisciplinary 1111.

Admission to the panel discussion – titled “Immigration Enforcement in the Age of Obama” – is free. Parking costs $6.

Many immigration advocates expected to see changes in immigration policy under President Obama. However, the focus on enforcement seems to have gotten stronger, event organizers said.

“Our federal immigration system is broken, and California needs workable solutions,” said Isaac Menashe, policy analyst at the California Immigrant Policy Center. “Here in the largest immigrant state, instead of entangling local police in an enforcement-only approach that is jeopardizing effective community policing, we need practical solutions that emphasize building trust and promoting civic integration to move us forward together.”

The panel will address current policies and practices in California and local communities that affect immigration integration, including the social and economic consequences of involving local police in enforcement of federal immigration law, the costs and benefits of worker legalization, and a path to citizenship for undocumented students.

Participants are: Todd Sorensen, UCR assistant professor of economics, economic effects of legalization; Isaac Menashe of the California Immigrant Policy Center, developments regarding enforcement in California and nationally; Emilio Amaya, executive director of the San Bernardino Community Service Center, the impact of impounding vehicles driven by undocumented workers and connections with local governments and corporate interests; Suzanne Foster, executive director of the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, impact of enforcement policies on local immigrant workers, including day laborers; and Tom Wong, UCR graduate student in political science, the response of students to the absence of immigration reform, especially the DREAM Act, proposed federal legislation that would make eligible qualifying undocumented youth for a conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

The event is co-sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, Immigration Research Group and Labor Studies. For more information visit the Center for Ideas and Society at ideasandsociety.ucr.edu.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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