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2008.02.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Immigration Seminar to be Held at UNO March 4

Omaha - A public immigration seminar featuring a panel of speakers will be held Tuesday, March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Immigration experts and advocates will discuss a variety of issues including: the current status of the immigration system; impact of immigration on local economies; state level legislation; public understandings of human migration and the role of globalization; and the politics of immigration reform and border enforcement.

The goal of the seminar is to discuss the immigration policies within the context of the 2008 elections. The university community and the public are invited to attend this free event.

"There is much at stake in the discourse about immigration in the U.S. What we need is to help Nebraskans understand the scope and complexity of issues impacting their lives, and not just the 'shrill voices' calling for fences and deportation,” said Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, professor of political science at UNO, and panelist for the seminar.

Panel speakers include: Dr. Miguel Carranza from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Sociology and Institute for Ethnic Studies; Angel Freytez from the Mexican-American Commission; and Darcy Tromanhauser from the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. Local immigration attorney Bassel El-Kasaby will serve as discussion facilitator.

The seminar, hosted by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center in Lincoln, is made possible from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Arts and Sciences’ Thomas C. Sorensen Endowment.

For more information, visit the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center or contact Tarik Abdel-Monem at (402) 472-3147 or tabdelmonem@nebraska.edu.

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