KU Faculty Discusses Immigration Law at Kansas Union – KU journalism student daf17

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KU Faculty Discusses Immigration Law at Kansas Union
Posted on November 4, 2010 by daf17@ku.edu
With unrest in Arizona that started in April, concerning the possible incarceration and deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants, citizens nationwide took sides on Wednesday, Sept. 29. in the Kansas Union to defend their values and what powers they believe a state can have.

Purpose of Immigration Law

To identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants, while protecting the benefits and resources of Arizona.

“It is a political hot potato, no one wants to touch it,” said David Trevino, an immigration attorney.

Hispanic American Leadership Organization

Known as HALO
Brings Hispanic students together to share their culture through events on campus
Sponsored the immigration forum in the Kansas Union
The Forum

A three-person panel discussed the ongoing conflict surrounding the new immigration law
Began with an overview of the law
Shifted to the viewpoints of the debaters
Opposing Viewpoints

“Most other countries are a lot more strict than the U.S., and their policies are reasonable,” said Ben Hodge, an economic conservative. “Arizona has a right to act within their constitutional boundaries, and the law strikes a reasonable balance.”

Tanya Golash-Boza, a KU professor of sociology and American studies, said the new law would “be another sting on the history of the U.S.”

Effects of Law in Kansas

Tax Burden
Increase Crime
Students Thought’s

“I know what the law is, but I don’t pay much attention to it because it has no effect on me,” said Claire Schooley, a student at the University of Kansas.

HALO member Omar Mata said he was glad to see both viewpoints.