The Center of the American West teamed up with the CU Latinx Law Students and orchestrated a virtual event, that brought two noted scholars of immigration into a consequential conversation with Congressman Joe Neguse, representing Colorado’s Second District. The goal was ambitious: to lay out terms that would position these knowledgeable scholars as allies and teammates of a dedicated public servant who is committed to finding solutions and resolutions to one of the nation’s most challenging issues. These were the bedrock questions for this discussion: a) If Congress were to prove able to reform immigration policy in a post-election arrangement of authority, what should be the top priorities for such reform? b) What are the most beneficial ways to mobilize historical understanding to improve the quality of public discussion of immigration and to guide national legislators as they deliberate? c) What are the most notable mistaken impressions of the roles played by immigrants in the nation, and what are the most effective channels of communication for correcting those misapprehensions?


Congressman Joe Neguse, Mary Mendoza, Tomàs Jimenez, and Patty Limerick

Congressman Joe Neguse, Mary Mendoza, Tomàs Jimenez, and Patty Limerick

The Party of Practicality: Participants

U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, representing Colorado’s 2nd District

Professor Mary Mendoza, Penn State University, author of Unnatural Border: Race and Environment at the U.S.-Mexico Divide (in progress)

Sociology Professor Tomás Jiménez, Stanford University, author of Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity (2010) and of The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants Are Changing American Life (2017)

Moderator: Patty Limerick, Faculty Director of the Center of the American West

Post-election, Professor Mendoza, Professor Jiménez, and Patty Limerick will reconvene to assess the state of affairs and to maintain the momentum of their commitment to work together in a good cause.


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