A Conversation on Borders, Migrants and Human Rights

November 11, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
UA Honors dorm Arbor de la Vida
515 N Tyndall Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719


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  1. After intro by Professsor Victor Braitberg (Anthropology, Honors), the 18 students/faculty/community members listened to investigative journalist Margaret Regan speak of her work and 2 books on immigration and border issues, including detention facilities in Eloy and Florence. She outlined the problems detainees face: lack of medical treatment, poor detention conditions, family separation, sexual harassment/assault, fear of deportation. She also informed us about the immigration raid at Panda Express in Tucson where some “dreamers” were arrested, but three were able to attain documents & remain. Then Professor Leanne Weber spoke about criminalization of the immigration process, with coercive state practices (by Australian government, including detention off Australia in isolated Pacific Islands). She spoke about human smuggling, trafficking, slavery and punitive conditions of detention, the “convergence” of immigration and criminology. She observed the Operation Streamline in federal court in Tucson yesterday, and bemoaned the negative impacts of border control leading to suicides in detention, and border crossers’ deaths. More tonight at the panel discussion at South Side Presbyterian Church.

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