Adrian Morales, Librarian
Debi Castillo Lopez, Librarian
Gilbert Silva, Educational Psychology Instructor
Jorge Rodriguez, History Instructor
Jose A. Castillo, Guest Speaker
El Paso Community College Instructors Steven Loera, Karla Savina, Eillene Wyatt, and Diana Martinez will present on issues of immigration at the Valle Verde campus. The Mexican American Experience, Debunking the Myths: What Crisis at the Border, will be the subject of the panel discussion. Topics for discussion will include:
Family dynamics and impact that separation of migrant children from their parents has on the development of their self-identities.
Economics of migration examining the push and pull factors which compel people to emigrate and benefits to the U.S. economy not only from undocumented workers but the immigration industrial complex that profits from the detention of migrants.
Central America's history and relegation of its people into the social margins whose government's lack of response in dealing with life-threatening issues compel families to flee.
Migration's paralleled history to address the origins of the Southwestern border in conjunction with the Irish, and Chinese experience regarding laws and policies to also include extralegal measures by earlier Texas Rangers against border Mexicans.
Social work perspective by Ashley Heidebrecht whose observations of migrant children separated from their parents and detained while still awaiting family reunification.