An expert panel discusses Immigration in America 2012, and the role the Dream Act could play in U.S. immigration policy.
At The Commonwealth Club in 1984, Cesar Chavez said “The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.” The U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, and the Club is taking the opportunity to find out more about those at the center of the immigration debate, which dates back to the founding of the United States.
In the Bay Area, the immigration conversation often centers around limited H1-B visas for techies, while most of the country broods over access to education, employment, social services and integration into the broader community. What does a "typical" immigrant really look like in the U.S. in 2012? How do immigration policies actually impact the lives of documented and undocumented immigrants? Our diverse panel dives deep into the issues. Come hear the true stories shared by more than 10 million individuals.
Lavinia Limón has more than 30 years of experience working on behalf of refugees and immigrants. Prior to joining USCRI in August of 2001, Ms. Limón was Director of the Center for the New American Community, a project of the National Immigration Forum. During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Limón served as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services, designing and implementing programs to assist newly arriving refugees in achieving economic and social self-sufficiency. She served simultaneously as the Director of the Office of Family Assistance for four years, helping to devise policies and strategies for implementing national welfare reform. Ms. Limón was previously the Executive Director of the International Institute of Los Angeles.
Dulce Matuz, president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and one of Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people of 2012.
Deep Nishar is Senior Vice President of Products and User Experience at LinkedIn.
Raul Ramirez has led KQED Public Radioâ€™s news and public affairs work since 1991, when he became the stationâ€™s News Director. He has worked as reporter for The Miami Herald and The Washington Post, and as a reporter and editor for the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner, where he was editor of the paper's Investigative Team. He is former president of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting and has won numerous awards for local, national and international reporting, including a Thomas Storke award from the World Affairs Council of Northern California for his reporting on a family's journey from rural Guandong Province in China to the San Francisco area, and a 1989 Penney-Missouri award as a co-editor of the San Francisco Examiner's unique series on "Gay in America."
He has received a career achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California for his print and broadcast work. He is a former fellow in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and was a fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He has taught journalism courses at San Francisco State University since 1983. He also has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and has been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute in Media Studies, where he was an ethics fellow. He has served on visiting on-site evaluation teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications at universities in Kentucky, Ohio, California, New Mexico, Georgia, Utah and Washington, D.C.
Raul Ramirez was a principal writer for the seminal UNITY national conference analysis of U.S. media coverage of ethnic and racial minorities, and frequently lectures on topics related to diversity and news media. He has led investigative reporting and civic journalism training workshops at the European Journalism Center in the Netherlands and has led training workshops in several Ukrainian locations in collaboration with the Journalists' Initiative Association of Kharkiv, Ukraine. He is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Regional Media and Information, a non-profit organization created by Ukrainian and Western European journalists to aid and promote the development of independent media in Ukraine. He is founding director of the Latino Public Radio Consortium.
Arturo S. Rodriguez
Arturo S. Rodriguez, second president of the United Farm Workers of America, has carried on the work of the union founded by Cesar Chavez in the nine years since the 52-year old San Antonio, Texas native took over the helm of the UFW in May 1993, after its legendary founder's death.
Dulce Matuz, president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, questions how America will remain competitive in STEM fields if undocumented students with an education in science are not allowed to work in the United States.