Overcoming Xenophobia

On April 27 the author joined Bob Worsley, former AZ GOP State Senator and author of “The Horseshoe Virus” to discuss the modern anti-immigrant movement’s origins, evolution, impact on current debates, and ways to address it at an online event sponsored by the Migrant Immigrant and Refugee Rights Alliance. 

Ending Violence Against Mexican American Communities Discussion

On January 21 at 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central, the author joined Sylvia Acosta of the YWCA-El Paso and professor and author Roberto Rodriguez at the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute’s “Ending Violence Against Mexican American Communities” panel to discuss how current white nationalist and police violence against Latinos has deep roots in the American southwest. The session was streamed on Facebook Live. Watch the discussion below.

National Immigrant Integration Conference

The author spoke on a panel of immigrant rights leaders at National Immigrant Integration Conference Main Stage Plenary Session: “Essential Is All of Us: Rebuilding our Economy and Communities in the Age of Covid,” on December 9, 2020, discussing how immigrant restrictions in the safety net are rooted in structural racism. A recording of the event can be found by clicking here.

HOLA America: Book Virtual Discussion

On October 1, the Midwest-based multi-media company HOLA America, consulting firm Carmona Strategic Solutions, and the Iowa Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) hosted a virtual conversation on the book, focusing on the roles played by LULAC, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza) played in shaping the last, historic round of immigration reforms. The event generated coverage by Iowa National Public Radio; the story can be found by clicking here. 

National Geographic: Blood on the Wall Panel Discussion

On September 20, the author joined award-winning documentary producer-directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, LULAC CEO Sindy Benavides, former Mexican Ambassador to the US Arturo Sarukhan, former New York Times reporter Julia Preston, and ABC News White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega for a panel discussion following the world premiere of the upcoming National Geographic documentary Blood on the Wall. The film traces the roots of two intertwined phenomena – Mexican drug trafficking cartels and instability in Central America – that underlie the crisis at the US southern border.