Campus-Wide Efforts at Comprehensive Immigration Reform


Over the last several weeks, members of the University community have engaged in a series of efforts to encourage dialogue and support passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation in Congress.  Last June, the U.S. Senate, by a broad bipartisan vote of 68-32, passed S. 744, comprehensive legislation which includes a DREAM Act for individuals brought here by their parents when they were young (“the DREAMers”), a 13-year pathway to citizenship for most of the other undocumented, and much-needed reforms to the family-based and employment-based immigration system. The bill has encountered obstacles, however, in the House of Representatives.  

On October 17, 2013, UCLA Law Professor Hiroshi Motomura, a renowned expert on immigration law and policy, gave a Distinguished Speaker presentation in the Law School’s Moot Courtroom to an overflow crowd, entitled Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Getting from There to Here and Beyond.  Professor Motomura entered into a dialogue with students, faculty and staff regarding the backdrop to immigration reform, the content of the pending bill, and obstacles to its passage.  His talk was one of the first in a series of events sponsored by the University’s Immigration Reform Initiative Committee, led by Father Luis Rivero and Claudia Herrera of Campus Ministries.  Professor Motomura’s talk can be viewed below.  

On October 30, 2013, in Convocation Hall, the University held Face to Face: A Dialogue on Comprehensive Immigration Reform where Professor Lauren Gilbert from the Law School offered a 14-minute Crash Course on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and two students and a parent gave their testimonials, including a DREAMer and the parent of a DREAMer.  U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart’s District Policy Director, Lourdes Cosio, and members of the student group SWER (“Students Working for Equal Rights”) also attended.   A short film demonstrated campus-wide support for immigration reform and Father Rivero ended with a talk on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official position in support of comprehensive reform and a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented. For further information about how to become more involved in these initiatives, you can contact Father Luis Rivero from Campus Ministries at lrivero@stu.edu.