Trans-Border Institute Forum on the Meaning of Immigration

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6-8:00 p.m.
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater

Hope is waning for the passage of sensible, bi-partisan immigration reform. Like President Bush before him, President Obama came into office promising a more rational and secure system, and one that provided humane options for undocumented immigrants who’ve been here for years or even decades. Instead, our immigration policy has veered wildly from harsh enforcement measures to ad hoc humanitarian gestures. Meanwhile, the policy debate has often devolved into a shouting match, where extremists crowd out more reasonable voices and demonize efforts at compromise or incremental change. We can do better. A lively discussion of what immigration reform means from leaders in the legal, academic, business, and law enforcement communities should be an excellent place to start.

The format for the public forum will be a panel discussion, followed by Q & A with the audience.


Everard Meade, PhD, Director Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego

Paola Ávila, Director, Mexico Business Center, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

David Shirk, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Justice IN Mexico Project, University of San Diego

Gabe Pacheco, Spokesman, National Border Patrol Union, Local 1613

Enrique Morones, Executive Director & founder, Border Angels


Attendance is free.  Visit the website for more information.


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