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U.S. Immigration Policy talk Oct 18th
Crossing Borders: The History of Immigration Policy and Its Impact on Wyoming
by Sublette County Library (Pinedale)
October 15, 2007

The changing history of U.S. immigration policy is the topic of an October 18th program by University of Wyoming sociologist Ed Muñoz, which will be presented in both Pinedale and Big Piney. Muñoz’s talk, “Crossing Borders: The History of Immigration Policy and Its Impact on Wyoming,” is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and sponsored by the Sublette County Library.

The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in Marbleton at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center and at 6:00 p.m. at the Sublette County Library. For more information, contact Ana Cuprill, 307-367-4114.

Many arguments today for immigration reform have their roots in the United States’ long history of settlement and nation-building. Muñoz offers an overview of American opposition to immigration starting with Quaker resistance to Scotch-Irish workers in the 1700s and the “nativist” movements of the early 1900s.

Twentieth-century reform efforts waxed and waned as the U.S. alternately encouraged and discouraged the entry of Mexican laborers. Muñoz closes his program with a look at how Mexican migrants and immigrants have contributed to the development of Wyoming, and discusses the potential impact of immigration reform proposals.

Muñoz serves as an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department and as the director of the Chicano Studies Program at the University of Wyoming. His research explores the Latino experience in rural and frontier settings. He earned his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Muñoz’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Humanities Council through its 2007 Humanities Forum. Council programs explore the human experience—our lives, our communities, our world—in partnership with nonprofit organizations throughout Wyoming. Emphasis is placed on fostering forums for discussion among Wyoming residents.

To inquire about scheduling a Humanities Forum presenter, call (307) 721-9243. Major funding for this program comes from the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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