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April 1, 2015
Immigration, Justice, and Civil Society at USF
by Eli MacDonald
Valeria Vera is a senior graduating this May who identifies as an immigrant. She was one of a large number of students who attended the panel, “US Immigration Law and Civil Society: The Road to Executive Action and Beyond” on Tuesday, Mar. 23. Vera explained her interest in the panel: “In very simple words, what interests me is the fact that humanity is so often left out of issues of citizenship and immigration.”
Hosted by the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) in conjunction with USF, the panel featured three experts on immigration policy. Charles Wheeler, the Senior Attorney and Director of Training and Legal Support for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, focused on framing the issue of immigration in the United States within a history of anti-immigrant sentiment. “Anti-immigrant sentiment is one of the reliable constants in our political theater. Both in policy and popular support, it goes all the way back to the colonies,” he began.
Wheeler contributed to a recently completed book “International Migration, US Immigration Law and Civil Society: From the Colonial Era to the 113th Congress”, as did fellow panelist Sara Campos. Published by the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) working together with CMS, the book explores both the history of immigration policy in the U.S. and ways in which growing input from civil society is effecting discussion surrounding the issue.