Many thanks to the many people who joined us last night for Sonia Nazario’s presentation. Although no official count was taken, with the upper section of the Performance Hall filled nearly to capacity it’s safe to say that well over 200 people were in attendance.

Nazario began her talk by recounting some stories from her childhood, explaining that witnessing government violence against reporters in her native Argentina played a decisive role in her decision to go into journalism.xiao cheng

In the middle part of her presentation, Nazario focused on some of the central parts of her book Enrique’s Journey, including the terrors of traveling through Chiapas, the southernmost state in Mexico, called “The Beast” by those who attempt the journey, as well as the generosity and compassion of the people in Veracruz, where some of the poorest of the poor make a daily habit of giving some of what little they have to the migrants travelling on the trains.

At the end of her talk, Nazario turned to the question of what can be done to address the massive and complex web of challenges posed by the realities of immigration today. Nazario offered a broad range of practical suggestions, and while some of her proposals might not be acceptable to everyone, the underlying message — that the immigration issue needs to be addressed  with creativity, commitment, and an overarching concern for the dignity and well-being of every human being involved — should be affirmed by all.

For those who could not attend, a video recording of the talk was made and will become part of the Gerber Institute’s archive. For those who were there, what were your impressions? What was the most memorable thing you heard? Did you feel that any of your previous views were challenged, and if so, in what way? What actions and policies do you think would be most helpful with regard to the immigration issue today water trampolines australia?

 

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