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2012 Immigration Policy Conference

Thank you to all who attended the 2012 Immigration Policy Conference! 


This conference was a great success thanks to the dedication of many people. As we move forward, this website will be utilized to provide information regarding immigration issues focused on by the panelists at the conference. Please check back as we continue to build this site and create more resources to foster greater understanding of immigration policy and perspectives from the border.



  • Click HERE for a recording of KRWG-TV's interview with panelists from the 2012 Immigration Policy Conference

    Fred Martino and a studio audience discuss immigration reform with expert panelists from NMSU's Immigration Policy Conference:

    Susan Tiano (Professor of Sociology and Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico) , Vicki Gaubeca(Director, American Civil Liberties Union-Regional Center for Border Rights, Las Cruces), Jose Villalobos (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Texas-El Paso), Neil Harvey(Professor and Department Head, Dept of Government, New Mexico State


Immigration Policy and Human Rights: Perspectives from Border Communities

June 16-22, 2012 Las Cruces, NM


The lack of immigration reform at the national level has been accompanied by increasing enforcement measures which directly impact communities in the US-Mexico border region. This conference focuses on the social impacts of border enforcement and discusses the challenges facing community organizations as they seek to promote dialogue and alternative approaches based on respect for human rights. Panels will include scholars and community leaders from the US and Mexico with first-hand knowledge of the current legal and social challenges facing immigrants, border communities and policy makers. Comparative and historical contexts will also be discussed in order to understand similarities and differences regarding the discourses and practices surrounding immigration policy in Mexico and the United States. The conference will be followed by three community events with the goals of fostering broader dialogue and new networks for creating and disseminating new knowledge.