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The Future of Immigration: The 2020 Election and Beyond

The future of immigration in the U.S. was the topic of a community symposium in El Paso, Texas, co-hosted by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico, Rational Middle Media, The Center for Inter-American Border Studies at The University of Texas at El Paso, and El Paso Community Foundation. The event also featured the screening of a short documentary film on immigration produced by Rational Middle Media.

The symposium, generously supported by a grant from the Center for Houston’s Future, was free and open to the public. Click here for more information.


6:00 p.m. — Reception

6:30 p.m. — Welcome and Introduction 

Film Screening: Rational Middle of Immigration Series

6:40 p.m. — Introduction and Remarks 

6:50 p.m. — Video: The Golden Door: America’s Way Forward

7:10 p.m. — Panel: Immigration Outlook

8:00 p.m. — Question and Answer Session 

8:30 p.m. — Adjourn

Featured Speakers

Josiah Heyman, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology, Endowed Professor of Border Trade Issues, and Director of the Center for Interamerican and Border Studies, The University of Texas at El Paso

Gregory Kallenberg
Director, Writer, and Producer, Rational Middle Media


Albert Armendariz, Jr.
Immigration Attorney, Law Offices of Armendariz & Holguin

Jon Barela 
Chief Executive Officer, Borderplex Alliance

Josiah Heyman, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS) and Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The University of Texas at El Paso

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute

David C. Stout
El Paso County Commissioner, Precinct 2

Moderator: José D. Villalobos, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, The University of Texas at El Paso


Thu, Feb. 13, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Mountain


El Paso Community Foundation
333 N. Oregon
El Paso, Texas

Foundation Room, First Floor