Friends Forum To Focus on Immigration Issues

News Date: 
Tue. 10/02/2012

The ongoing debate about immigration is moving from our country’s borders and shores to Friends University as four of the best informed minds discuss the issue at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Davis Administration Building. 

This free public event, Immigration and the 2012 Election, will bring together Angela Ferguson, Sulma Arias, Emira Palacios, and Malcolm Harris. 

Ferguson, who attended Friends University from 1979 to 1981 as a music and church organ major, is now a lawyer. She has spent the past 25 years helping foreign nationals and businesses negotiate the maze of our broken immigration system. Besides her advocacy efforts, Ferguson is on the board of the Missouri Immigrant Refugee Advocates, an organization that helps resettle refugees and train them for jobs. She also works with Welcoming Kansas, an organization that helps educate Kansans about the complexities of our immigration system. 

Sulma Arias directs the program and personnel of Sunflower Community Action. Prior to her work at Sunflower, Arias was the campaign director of National People’s Action’s immigration and worker justice program, where she coordinated 12 grassroots organizations in 10 states. Sulma, who emigrated from El Salvador to Kansas at the age of 12, has also been involved in several other immigrant efforts, including the successful passage of the in-state tuition bill and driver’s license voter registration.

Emira Palacios was an undocumented resident in the United States for 10 years. It took 10 years and $10,000 to become a U.S. citizen. She is vice president of National People’s Action and assisted local families through Wichita school district USD 259, and also as the immigration rights coordinator for Sunflower Community Action from 2007 to 2012. 

Malcolm Harris is a professor of finance at Friends University, and a frequent source for both state and national media outlets. Professor Harris has taught at the University of Connecticut, St. John’s University (NY), George Manson, the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and St. Peter’s College. Dr. Harris has been a senior executive at the U.S. Postal Service, an investment advisor, and a utility regulator. He has also been an expert witness and a consultant for issues in energy planning, utility finance and pricing, rate regulation, securities litigation, and accounting. 

This forum is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 316-295-5503.

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