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***POSTPONED*** Communists, Criminals, and Caravans

Friday, March 27, 2020 3:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Leisy J. Abrego, Professor of Chicana/o Stuidies at UCLA

Location: Club Spartan (3rd Floor, Case Hall)

NOTE: This lecture is cancelled for March 27 

 

Communists, Criminals, and Caravans: The Social Construction of Central Americans as Crisis

Thousands of Central Americans are leaving their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to seek refuge in the United States. What is propelling their mass exodus and why should U.S. society care? This talk provides the politcal and social context for U.S. - Central American relations from the 1980s to the present to better understand how U.S. foreign policies in the region and immigration policies at home shape the current situation. 

Trained in sociology, Dr. Leisy Abrego studies Central American migration, U.S. intervention in Central America, Latina/o/x families, and the production of "illegality" through U.S. immigration laws. She is the author of the award-winning book, Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders.

 

Sponsored by James Madison College, Chicano/Latino Studies, Department of Sociology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, JMC Latinx Unidos, and JMC Comparative Cultures and Politics