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    Pacific to hold Immigration Series as part of Latino Heritage Month: Series will include Panels on Controversial Arizona law, Immigrant Experience

    Sep 10, 2010

    University of the Pacific will hold a series of discussions and presentations on vital and controversial issues related to immigration as part of Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration. The nationwide celebration, which runs from mid-September to mid-October, honors the contributions of Latino Americans to the Univted States and celebrates Latino history and culture.

    Pacific's Immigration Series will involve four events that start on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and end Wednesday, Oct. 20. They include panel discussions on the current immigration debate, Arizona's controversial immigration reform bill SB 1070 and the experiences of Mexican immigrants living in California.

    The series also includes an informational session on the California Immigrant Higher Education Act (AB 540), which provides equity in tuition to immigrant college students, and the proposed Dream Act, which would allow immigrants who are high school graduates a chance at permanent residency. The series is free and open to the public.

    "Now that immigration reform is once again at the forefront of the national political debate, it is our obligation as a university to explore this topic from an intellectual and rational perspective," said Arturo Ocampo, Pacific's assistant provost for Diversity.  

    Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration also will include lectures, a car show, Latin dance lessons, a showing of the film "La Mission (2009)" and roundtable discussions. The month's speakers include Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Mexico's consulate general in Sacramento, and Venezuelan political leader Eduardo Fernandez.

    Pacific's Immigration Series

    (mid-September - mid-October 2010)

      

    "Immigration Myths and Realities," lecture by Immigration Expert Bill Ong Hing

    Wed., Sept. 15, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton campus

    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

     

    Bill Ong Hing, an expert in immigration law and policy, will talk about the myths and realities surrounding the current immigration debate and talk about his new book "Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization and Mexican Migration (2010)."

    Hing is a professor at University of San Francisco School of Law.  

     

    Binational Center for the Development of the Indigenous Communities Panel

    Thurs., Sept. 30, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

    Presidents Room, Pacific's Stockton campus

    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

     

    A panel of members from the Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno (Binational Center for the Development of the Indigenous Communities, or CBDIO) will talk about their experiences as indigenous Mexicans in California and will discuss the history of their organization and its goals for the future. CBDIO was created in 1993 to serve the indigenous migrant communities from Mexico that reside in California.

      

    "What's Up with Arizona?" Panel discussion on Arizona's Immigration Law

    Thurs., Oct. 14, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.) 

    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton campus

    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

     

    A panel will provide an analysis of the recently passed immigration law from Arizona (SB 1070). Panelists will include Raquel Aldana, a law professor at Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Marisela Ramos, a history professor at Pacific, and Arturo Ocampo, Pacific's assistant provost for Diversity.  

     

    Presentation on California's AB 450 and the proposed Dream Act

    Wed., Oct. 20, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30)

    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton campus

    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

     

    Presenters will explain who is eligible under the California Immigrant Higher Education Act (AB 540), which provides in-state tuition to immigrant college students, as well as explain how each of the local colleges and universities are processing AB 540 applications. The presenters will also provide an update on the Dream Act, or the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. The proposed federal legislation would provide illegal immigrants who have graduated from U.S. high schools a chance to earn permanent residency if they attend college or enter the U.S. military.

    For more information contact Pacific's Latino/a Outreach Office at 209.946.7705 or go to http://go.pacific.edu/latinoheritagemonth.