The event I attended was titled Defending Human Mobility: Lessons from the North American Migratory Crisis, and was presented by Alicia Schmidt Camacho. She is the author of Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the Mexico-U. S. Borderlands. She is professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. The event revolved around the current militarized immigration enforcement practices in North America, the migratory circuit that links Central America, Mexico and the U.S, and the efforts of community and migrants to protect themselves against state and criminal violence. The significance of her message was to provide basic mobility rights to all, and not only focus on the problems here in the U.S. but to look further beyond the borders to the root of the problem.
Camacho started her event with the Bracero Program, which mobilized millions of Mexican immigrant worker into the United States. A point that was made was that immigrants have provided sustain to the U.S. econo...
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