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Immigration reform roundtable set, June 25

Public officials, representatives of religious organizations, researchers and activists will participate in a roundtable discussion on immigration reform from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, June 25, in 300 Wallace Hall at Princeton University.

As immigration debates continue in Congress, participants in the Princeton session will review immigration issues on the basis of evidence and arrive at specific areas of agreement for immigration reform that individuals with differing perspectives can support. The event aims to bring together people who have contending ideological and political viewpoints but are willing to participate in a dialogue marked by civility, grounded reflection and the absence of rhetoric. By providing a forum where a plurality of voices can be heard, the meeting is intended to establish a model for interaction and consensus building over a highly controversial matter.

The event is hosted by the University's Center for Migration and Development, in collaboration with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the League of Women Voters. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required by contacting Patricia Fernández-Kelly at

Among those who have confirmed their participation are: Alejandro Portes, the director of the Center for Migration and Development and a professor of sociology; Douglas Massey, an authority on Mexican immigration and a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton; Don Cresitello, mayor of Morristown, N.J.; Robert Patten, mayor of Hightstown, N.J.; Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who writes extensively on immigration and citizenship; Carol Swain, an expert on immigration and a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University; Jane DeLung, president of the Population Resource Center; and Daniel Santo Pietro, executive director of the Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey. Members of New Jersey's Congressional delegation also have been invited to attend.

The event is being co-sponsored by the University's Program in Latin American Studies, the University Center for Human Values, the Policy Research Institute for the Region and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Members of the media who wish to attend the roundtable should contact Nancy Doolan by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at

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