Texas and Its Role in US-Mexico Immigration
By Jon Sievert
The Texas-Mexico border makes up more than 1,200 miles of the 1,900-mile-long US-Mexico border, making it a prime region for extra legal immigration. At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meeting, Tony DiNuzzo explores the role of Texas in US-Mexico immigration policies and practices.
With Tony DiNuzzo
“Texas and Its Role in US-Mexico Immigration”
Sun, May 22, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Opportunities for employment and healthcare are major incentives for Mexican immigration even though border communities in Texas are some of the poorest regions of the state and the nation. Though the border population has increased dramatically since the ‘90s, extra legal immigration has dropped to some of the lowest levels in decades. Some even feel illegal immigration between the US and Mexico is a non-issue. So why is it currently such a hot, divisive political topic, especially in Texas?
The talk explores Texas history and important factors that have contributed to the current negative climate, including a “wild-west mentality,” militarization of the US-Mexico border, policy changes, and future implications that could explode before our eyes in the next six months. DiNuzzo will also provide glimpses of those Mexicans willing to risk their lives crossing the border and how the application of UU principles can be a guide to understanding this human condition.
DiNuzzo was born in the Bronx, NY, the only son of Italian immigrants who came to the United States from Sicily in 1948. He is retired after 35 years at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and currently lives in San Miguel Viejo with his wife, Bunny. His professional career focused on obtaining federal grants to establish the UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education Center, which provided enhanced educational programs for health providers.
The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.