Sunday, July 13, 2008

University of Texas at El Paso to host Community Forum on the Border Fence / Wall

The University of Texas at El Paso will coordinate a campus-community forum about the border fence/wall from 10 am until noon, Tuesday, July 15 in the Union Cinema, Union Building East, First Floor.

UTEP faculty member Josiah Heyman, professor of anthropology, will moderate the forum.

Panelists include Veronica Escobar, El Paso County Commissioner; Fernando Garcia, director of the Border Network for Human Rights; and Chief Victor Manjarrez, Jr. from the El Paso Border Patrol Sector. John Sproul, program coordinator/manager of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, Center for Environmental Resource Management, has been invited to join the panel.

"It is of vital importance to our community that we discuss the Border Bence, also called te Border Wall, in an open and civil forum," Katleen Staudt, political science professor and director of the Center for Civic Engagement at UTEP, said. "Condtruction will have huge impacts on our economy, environment, and relationship with Mexico."

Each panelist will provide brief remarks. A short question-and-answer session will cap the event.

The program is free. Parking is available in the UTEP parking garage at Sun Bowl Drive and University Avenue.

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