The Center is pleased to present a talk by visiting scholar Eugene Gogol. He has written on Latin American issues in La Jornada and El Dia and also authored The Concept of Other in Latin American Liberation. His topic for us will be "Immigration and Human Rights".
The anti-immigrant raids carried out at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, which resulted in the jailing of some 387 Guatemalan and Mexican workers, followed by rapid-fire Orwellian court proceedings and harsh sentencing, exposed the U.S. government's determination to run roughshod over the human rights of another significant segment of the U.S. population -the millions of undocumented who work in the fields and factories, in construction, and in cleaning offices, hotels and homes.
Will the new Obama administration change this criminalization/demonization of undocumented workers, give them respect, and restore their full human rights?