Baylor School of Social Work to Sponsor Panel on Proposed Immigration Control Act

April 7, 2006

by Angie Best

The Baylor School of Social Work will host a panel discussion titled "Who Is Our Neighbor?" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in Room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building. The panel will discuss issues raised by the House of Representatives 4437 Border Protection Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act.

"The motivation for this event reflects the current media attention to Immigration policies," said Dr. James Ellor, associate professor in the School of Social Work and director of the Center for Gerontological Studies.

Social work students who organized the panel, Leah Doty, Bonnie Jenkins, Tihara Vargas, Viviana Triana, Ev'marie Blair, Laura Newitt, Sue Ann Martinez and David Gutshall, will start out the discussion with an overview of recent events in the media regarding immigration and the new Immigration Control Act being proposed in Congress.

The group will then turn the discussion to three panelists, Rev. Jesus Garnica from Amistad Baptist Church, Sonja Rawlings-Aleman, volunteer coordinator for Providence Hospice, and Baylor student Viviana Triana, who will tell their stories of emigration from their own countries.

Following the stories by the panelists, the discussion will then turn to the audience for dialogue.

For more information about the panel discussion, contact the Baylor School of Social Work at 710-6400.

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