September 6, 2007
Conference at Wake Forest University: Immigration: Recasting the Debate October 3-5, 2007
Wake Forest will host a conference on "Immigration: Recasting the Debate" on October 3-5, 2007. The conference will feature major public figures and leading immigration policy experts and scholars. As a part of the Voices of Our Time series, the conference will feature some of the nation's leading thinkers on immigration and will present research and thought-provoking arguments not always in the forefront of media coverage. Keynote Speakers are Ray Marshall, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Carter Administration, and Senator Mel Martinez (R-Fla.). Panelists include Ross Eisenbrey (Economic Policy Institute), Patricia Fernández Kelly (Princeton), Luis Fraga (University of Washington), Daniel Griswold (Cato Institute), Gordon Hanson (University of California, San Diego), Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (University of Southern California), Gary Segura (University of Washington), José Isasi (Que Pasa Media Network), Marisol Jiménez McGee (El Pueblo), Mark Miller (University of Delaware), Alejandro Portes (Princeton), Robert Rector (Heritage), Margaret Taylor (Wake Forest), and Michele Wucker (World Policy Institute). The papers and proceedings presented at this event will be published in an edited volume.
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Looking at the speakers you have lined up, it looks like you're presenting the full range of opinion on immigration, from multiculturalism to globalism.
At least the conference name honestly represents what you're attemping: you're recasting the debate on immigration into a paean for Open Borders.
Posted by: Mike Tuggle | Sep 11, 2007 12:30:33 PM
This seems to be just another amen chorus for the Open Borders lobby. The reasonable position is that of Tom Tancredo: enforce the law, deport the invaders, and secure our borders.
Posted by: Carlton Huffman | Sep 13, 2007 5:44:49 AM
Hardly an open debate. It appears to be more of the same Ivory Tower back-slapping I've seen go on in academia all my life. I grew up around PhDs, and have them on both sides of my family, all in academia (I stopped at a Masters, thank you).
Where's the other side of the debate? You know, the folks who believe in liberty, citizenship, and are loyal to their fellow Americans? This is a 'group grope' of traitors. Where are the patriots?
Posted by: Jeff Adams | Sep 13, 2007 7:28:34 AM
You folks are would do well to include someone whose knowledge of the history of mass immigration encompasses the Battle of Adrianople in 378. I'll bet that in 376 Emperor Valens had academicians and scholars just like those on your panel advising him to allow hundreds of thousands of Huns across the border, and touting the merits of diversity and multiculturalism.
This seems like the sort of thing I would expect at my alma mater, UNC.
Posted by: steve kropelnicki | Sep 14, 2007 8:38:56 AM
As one of the organizers of the Wake Forest conference, let me reassure your concerned bloggers that the conference is open to, and will systematically explore, ALL aspects of the current immigration impasse, including the question of the border. The conference is not a liberal stitch-up. It actually begins with a film about the Minutemen (which is then shown twice). Its policy panel discussion includes leading figures from conservative think tanks as well as from a liberal one (two conservative, one liberal); its plenary sessions balance Democrat and Republican. One purpose of the conference is to bring the latest research to the attention of conference participants, so that all of us can face the complexity of the present position and talk calmly to each other about how to resolve it. If people have already decided that closing the border is the only answer, then they've already closed their minds to any further evidence or discussion. I assure you the organizers have not. They are well aware that having 12 million people in this country illegally is a huge problem that must be addressed. The question is how. The conference seeks to explore that. So I would say to our critics, please come: raise questions to the speakers. Exchange views with them. But come in a genuine spirit of inquiry. This is an academic conference, not a party rally. It's because we don't know how best to resolve the immigration issue that we gathering together to hold a serious conversation about it.
Posted by: David Coates | Sep 20, 2007 9:33:27 AM