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Panel Discusses Immigration on Election Year

March 1, 2012

A dialogue on immigration that focused on past policies and the role of this issue in the upcoming elections was the theme of the most recent talk sponsored by the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community & Educational Well-Being (CEW) Research Center at the School of Education and the Center for Latin American Studies. "Advancing the Conversation on Immigration @ UM" brought together five exceptional experts from diverse backgrounds in a panel that offered insightful and stimulating commentary on the current state of immigration in the United States with a focus on South Florida. Issues associated with federally sanctioned program "Secure Communities," racial profiling and the U.S. – Mexico border fence were discussed throughout the event.

The panel was moderated by Professor Bernard P. Perlmutter, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic and featured Enrique Morones, the founder and director of Border Angels, a prominent California advocacy organization on immigrant rights. Panelists also included Rebecca Sharpless, director of UM's Immigration Clinic, Jonathan Fried, Executive Director at "We Count" in Miami, and Farrin Anello, supervising attorney and teaching fellow at the University of Miami School of Law Immigration Clinic.

The panel took place at "The Rock" in UM´s Coral Gables campus, an open space that enabled passersby to listen to the ideas being discussed.