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Cruz presents at transborder seminar

February 26, 2010

Evelyn Cruz, Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Immigration Law & Policy Clinic, recently presented at a policy seminar, "Managing Undocumented Migration in North America," organized by Arizona State University's North American Center for Transborder Studies and the International Metropolis Project.

The March 12 seminar at ASU's Memorial Union addressed the basic characteristics of the national policies of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Presenters discussed how the three nations' policies play out at the local, national and international levels and the prospects for future collaboration on the issue.

Cruz joined officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico, including:

• Matthew Allen, Special Agent in Charge for Arizona, Office of Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security;

• Lenore Burton, Director General, Strategic Policy, Citizenship and Immigration Canada; Rodolfo Cruz, Research Professor, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte;

• Howard Duncan, Executive Head, International Metropolis Project, Citizenship and Immigration Canada;

• Alejandro Estivill Castro, Director General, North America Directorate, Secretariat of Foreign Relations, Mexico;

• U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (via video address);

• Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO, ImmigrationWorks USA; Erik Lee, Associate Director, North American Center for Transborder Studies, ASU;

• Wei Li, Associate Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation, and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU;

• Marco López, Chief of Staff, Customs and Border Patrol, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security;

• Alfonso Navarro Bernachi, Deputy Consul, Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix;

• Doris Marie Provine, Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, ASU;

• José Luis Valdés Ugalde, former Director, Center for Research on North America, UNAM;

• Rick Van Schoik, Director, North American Center for Transborder Studies, ASU.

Cruz teaches Immigration Law and Comprehensive Law Practice, and directs the College's Immigration Law & Policy Clinic, which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President's Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU. She writes articles about immigration law, clinical education and therapeutic jurisprudence, and has co-authored several immigration law manuals used by immigration practitioners and pro-se detainees at Immigration Detention Centers throughout the country.

Judy Nichols,
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law