Open? Closed? How NM Shapes the Border

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Open? Closed? How NM Shapes our Southern Border

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion on how the New Mexican experience might influence dialogue about U.S. immigration, featuring Allegra Love, Marcela Diaz and Vicki Gaubeca. Each panelist will answer, “Given your experience at the border (or with border/immigration issues), can you talk about an idea, an option, or a policy that could push forward the immigration debate nationally?”

Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta

CIR Members – $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Non-members & Guests – $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Students and faculty attend for free.

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We in New Mexico are on the ground, we are a border state; we know things that might usefully inform the national dialogue. And we also know that we must move out of our individual echo chambers and into the very real ground between the poles of open and closed borders. We know that immigration is a huge–even defining–issue for both the political right and left. So, from a distinctly New Mexican perspective, where is the potential national compromise on this issue?

Discussing this fascinating issue will be:

Allegra Love

Allegra Love is the attorney and director of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project. She began her career at Santa Fe Public Schools in 2005 as a bilingual elementary school teacher and followed her passion for working with immigrants to law school. After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law, she came to work for the Adelante program of Santa Fe Public Schools, where she founded this project. She volunteers extensively, both in her community and elsewhere, for organizations like the Santa Fe Youth Commission, No More Deaths, and New Mexico Dreamers in Action (NM-DIA). Most recently, she has worked to defend Central American women and children detained on the US border. 





Marcela Diaz

Marcela Diaz is the Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a community-based, immigrant-led organization for worker and racial justice and human rights—respecting diversity and integrating the newcomers. Somos Un Pueblo Unido also has a one-stop shop for low wage workers to get trained about their rights and resources available to them.






Vicki Gaubeca

Vicki Gaubeca joined the ACLU of New Mexico in January 2009 to become the director of the ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights, based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she has helped develop and implement its mission of addressing civil and human rights violations that stem from border-specific immigration policy. She has more than 20 years of experience in policy advocacy, community organizing, public affairs, communications, and public health in a variety of settings, but immigrant rights–as well as any civil rights–is an issue close to her heart.



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