UPCOMING EVENT | The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in America’s Public Schools

education2WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm

WHERE: 5th Floor, Wilson Center

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There has been considerable discussion in news outlets about the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and families. Recent incidents across the country and reported in the press have raised alarm throughout immigrant communities. Clearly there is great fear in this hyper-sensitized environment. To what extent is this ramped up immigration enforcement impacting our nation’s public schools? How does it vary by region and what is the “collateral” fallout for non-immigrant students? How are educators reacting and to what extent is this affecting them? What rights do students have and what happens to U.S.-citizen children when they are sent to a country and school system they do not know? To address these questions, four new research papers will be presented with brief highlights. There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion. The studies include:

•         A new national survey of the impact of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in the nation’s schools
•         The impact of immigration enforcement on educators
•         Federal and state policy affecting the children of immigrants and their schooling
•         What happens to U.S. citizen students caught up in deportation of family members


A light lunch will be served at 11:30am. The program will begin at 12:00pm.

Co-sponsored by:


Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Patricia Gándara, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

Bryant Jensen, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Shena Sanchez, Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles

Julie Sugarman, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association

Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, National Public Radio

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Problems in the pipeline for Sempra’s subsidiary in Mexico

02/07/2018 San Diego Union-Tribune

pipelineAn indigenous group in a small town in Mexico has disrupted a pipeline project operated by a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy by taking a chunk out of a natural gas line.

The disruption is one of a number of protests that have caused delays to energy projects in the country.

Four years ago, Mexican political leaders passed energy reform measures in an effort to dramatically improve the country’s power system. Only 7 percent of households in Mexico have access to natural gas.

Mexico will elect a new president in July and the front-runner has been a sharp critic of energy reform.

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02/05/2018 The Guardian

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Last year, 412 migrant deaths were recorded on either side of the border, up from 398 a year earlier, the International Organization for Migration said, adding that 16 migrant deaths had already been recorded in the area so far in 2018.

“The increase in deaths is especially concerning, as the available data indicate that far fewer migrants entered the US via its border with Mexico in the last year,” Frank Laczko, head of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, said in a statement.

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Mexican Women Brutalized by Police Hope Day of Reckoning Is Near

12/19/2017 New York Times

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“They ripped my pants off, started biting my arms, my breasts, my lips, then they penetrated me with their fingers, taking turns,” said Norma Aidé Jiménez Osorio.

She was an art student at the time, a witness to a police crackdown on a social protest movement in the town of San Salvador Atenco 11 years ago. Then she became a victim.

Ms. Jiménez, now 34, embarked on a decade-long struggle for justice that is finally moving closer to resolution. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is considering the case of Ms. Jiménez and 10 other women who were sexually abused, tortured and jailed, their lives irrevocably altered.

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Mexican Human Rights Group Mulls Legal Action Against Security Law

12/17/2017 New York Times 

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Known as the Law of Internal Security, it will formally regulate the deployment of the military in Mexico more than a decade after the government dispatched it to fight drug cartels in a conflict that has claimed well over 100,000 lives.

Bucking widespread protests from rights groups, Congress on Friday gave a green light to the law, which was backed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party and some members of the center-right opposition National Action Party. It will now head to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s desk to be signed into law.

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12/4/2017 VOA

Mexico must step up efforts to protect vulnerable indigenous migrant workers who are at risk of becoming trapped in forced labor and enslaved in farms, the government’s human rights commission said.

Poverty and a lack of jobs force entire families from rural tribal communities, many coming from the country’s poorest southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, where they risk falling into the hands of traffickers, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said.

“They end up getting trapped and subject to forced labor on farms where they find themselves under the power of people, who knowing they won’t get punished, keep them under promises of payment in vile and unhealthy conditions,” the CNDH said in a statement released at the weekend.

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11/21/2017 Washington Post

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In a news conference, state officials said Silvestre de la Toba Camacho and his family were driving in an SUV in a busy part of the state capital of La Paz around 7 p.m. Monday when gunmen in another vehicle opened fire.

De la Toba Camacho, 47, and his son Fernando de la Toba Lucero, 20, died at the scene. De la Toba Camacho’s wife and 17-year-old daughter were wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry condemned the attack Tuesday and called on state officials to find those responsible.

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