|[January 28, 2013]
Immigration Reform - Professors Available for Interviews
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
As Congress and President Obama unveil their proposals for reforming
immigration laws in the United States, several Santa Clara University
professors with expertise on various aspects of immigration are
available for analysis:
Pratheepan Gulasekaram, professor of immigration law at Santa Clara
University School of Law, is an expert in state and federal
immigration laws. He can discuss proposals from Congress as well as many
of the recently passed, anti-illegal-immigration state laws - and how
they will be affected should any of the current federal proposals become
Prof. Gulasekaram is co-author of a study showing that, contrary to
belief and rhetoric, anti-immigration laws do not tend to emerge in
jurisdictions that have statistically significant social or economic
problems associated with illegal immigration - crime, overcrowding,
resident exodus, etc. Rather, such laws tend to emerge in areas with
strong Republican political make-ups.
Prof. Gulasekaram can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or
at (408) 554-4188. Deborah Lohse of SCU Media Relations can also help
reach him on deadline: firstname.lastname@example.org or
James Li, Ph.D. is a professor of political science and director of
Santa Clara University's ethnic studies program. He can discuss the
latest immigration reform plan and how it relates to the 2012 STEM Act
as well as to Silicon Valley employees with high-tech work visas.
He can also comment on a recent report that criticized big companies
like Google (News - Alert) and Apple for failing to hire U.S.-educated minorities and
lumping them in with Asian-Americans to distort the numbers.
Prof. Lai can be reached at email@example.com or (408)
554-5760. Marika Krause of SCU Media Relations can also help reach him
on deadline: firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-829-4836 (cell).
Moral/ Ethical Issues:
Kristin Heyer, Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies at
Santa Clara University, is the author of the newly published Kinship
Across Borders, A Christian Ethic of Immigration. The book examines the
human consequences of current immigration laws, including border deaths,
inhumane raids, family separations and upheaval, and the creation of an
"underclass" that violates Catholic and other moral social teaching.
She can discuss Catholic and Christian ethics of immigration; the
current immigration system's effect on women and families; Catholic
Social Teaching on immigration, and other moral dimensions of the issue.
Prof. Heyer can be reached (class schedule permitting) at email@example.com or
at 408-551-4758. Deborah Lohse of SCU Media Relations can also help
reach her on deadline: firstname.lastname@example.org or408-768-6898 (cell).
Law Clinic Perspective:
Lynette Parker, Supervising Attorney for the Katharine and George
Alexander Community Law Center of Santa Clara University School of Law, can
discuss immigration reform from the perspective of undocumented
immigrants she counsels on issues such as domestic violence and human
trafficking. Prof. Parker says that many immigrants are wary and weary
of political promises, having seen reform fail many times before. She
also says undocumented immigrants need to be on guard against unethical
organizations that crop up at times like this, promising to help them
get their status in order for a steep fee.
Prof. Parker is available on a limited basis for interviews the week of
Jan. 28. Reporters can e-mail her at email@example.com
or set up an interview via Deborah Lohse of SCU Media Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
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