The Immigration Debates: Spotlight on the U.S. Mexico Border with panelists Jorge Bustamante, Emilio Gonzalez, Bob Kerrey, Heather Mac Donald, and Aristide Zolberg.
How to secure the U.S.-Mexico border is a hugely contentious issue in the immigration debates shaping the 2008 presidential race. A panel of experts will discuss the challenges of securing the world's most frequently crossed border and the immigration policy agendas heating up the campaign trail- The New School
Jorge Bustamante is the President and founder of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, the prominent Mexican institute for the study of border issues. He is the author of numerous studies on the sociology of the border region between the United States and Mexico and on Mexican-origin residents of the United States. Bustamante is a leading participant in international scholarly networks dealing with these themes and has played a major role in building and sustaining scholarly linkages between Mexico and the United States.
Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D, serves as the current Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an Under Secretary position within the Department of Homeland Security.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Heather Mac Donald is a John M. Olin fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal. She also is a recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement. Her newest book, The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today's, coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country's porous borders.
Aristide Zolberg is Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Faculty of New School University in New York City and director of its International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship.
He has served twice as chair of the Department of Political Science and is a member of the Committee on Historical Studies as well as chair of the NSU component of the New York City Consortium on European Studies. He held the University-in-Exile Chair from its founding in 1984 to 2002.
Heather MacDonald, coauthor of The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today's, argues for an increase in enforcement of United States immigration law as a deterrent to curb the costs accrued by the surge of illegal aliens.
Founder and president of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Jorge Bustamante argues that a solution to the immigration issue in the United States will never be found as long as the problem is being dealt with domestically on a unilateral basis.