CSU, Chico News

‘Immigration Myths and Misconceptions’ Symposium Feb. 15

Date: 02-11-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The first of three events focused on immigration issues will be Tuesday, Feb. 15, presented by California State University, Chico’s Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Immigration Myths and Misconceptions” will take place at 7 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Immigration attorney Bethania Maria, CSU, Chico sociology professor Paul Lopez and CSU, Chico foreign languages and literature professor Antonio Arreguin-Bermudez are among the speakers on the program.

The purpose of the symposium is to identify and dispel common myths and misconceptions about undocumented immigrants and their impact in the United States. Speakers with first-hand knowledge of the experiences undocumented immigrants have had will provide information and answer questions from the audience.

CSU, Chico students from a number of general education classes from political science, communication studies, psychology, English and other departments will be attending.

All three events are supported by CSU, Chico’s First-Year Experience Program, which is designed to help students succeed academically and make a smooth transition into university life.

Political science professor Teddy DeLorenzo, coordinator of Legal Studies internships, will give the introduction to the symposium and students Anthony Carral, Troy Hackney and Sonja Ibsen from CLIC will introduce the speakers.

The later events on immigration will be a presentation by CSU, Chico’s Speech and Debate Team March 29 on “Who does the immigration process really benefit—the individual or businesses?” and the Chico Great Debate April 21 on whether California should increase restrictions on immigration.

DeLorenzo said the topic was a good one for CLIC because the center receives calls from clients with immigration issues. She said the ACLU was interested in partnering with CLIC to provide information to the public. Immigration touches many campus and community members, including pre-law students, business majors, social service providers and those developing public policy, DeLorenzo said.