Speaker to Discuss U.S.-Mexico Border Immigration Trials and Tribulations

February 7, 2012

posted February 7, 2012

BRANDON, MB — The Gender & Women’s Studies Program presents the latest speaker in its Frontiers Speakers’ Series. On Thursday, Todd Miller of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) will give a talk entitled “Policing the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Militarization of U.S. Immigration Enforcement”.

The number of undocumented border crossings from Mexico into the United States has increased exponentially in recent years in response to the growing global economic disparity. In response, the U.S. has increased not only the number of border patrol agents along the lengthy border between the two countries but has militarized this process.

This response to immigration has merged into a war on immigration, drugs and terror, its cumulative force aimed at the migrants who continually cross without authorization. Todd Miller has researched and written about U.S.-Mexico border issues for more than a decade, and he is currently working on a book on immigration and border enforcement. He has worked on both sides of the border for NACLA, Witness for Peace, and BorderLinks.

“This war on migrants happens not only in the borderlands but also along the “virtual border” that follows them wherever they go in the United States and that increasingly extends beyond U.S. shores,” said Dr. Patricia Harms, who has spent some time in 2011 visiting the Migrant Trail.

There will be two presentations, both on Thursday, February 9, in Room 104, Clark Hall. The first, at 12:30 p.m. will be in English, while the 5 p.m. lecture will be in Spanish. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
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For more information, please contact:

Joanne F. Villeneuve
Communications
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762