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Symposium to focus on immigration, Nov. 7

Princeton's Center for Migration and Development will sponsor a symposium intended to promote dialogue between immigration experts and policy makers on Thursday, Nov. 7. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building.

Titled "Beyond Smoke and Mirrors," the symposium will focus on issues raised by Douglas Massey in a book he recently co-wrote, "Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration." Massey earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton in 1978 and currently is a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sharing the podium with Massey will be: Frank D. Bean, professor of sociology at the University of California-Irvine; Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and current senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute; Harley Shaiken, director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley; New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora; and Ohio Congressman Tom Sawyer.

Among the issues to be discussed are the effect of immigration policies on American and foreign workers; the factors behind the deaths of hundreds of undocumented Mexicans who try to enter the United States every year; the repercussions of the North American Free Trade Agreement on immigrant flows and immigration policy; and the future of immigration and immigration laws post-Sept. 11.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve a place, send an e-mail to or call 609-258-3612. Co-sponsors of the event are the Center for Human Values, Center of International Studies, Council on Regional Studies, Office of the President, Program in Latin American Studies, Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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