Against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s push to reform key policies, immigration has emerged as a critical issue prompting national-level discussion and debate. The immigration preconference event will examine and explore immigration from a multitude of perspectives.
This experience will begin with a panel discussion on the current "State of Affairs" of immigration in the United States including discussions on refugees and securing the southern border. An "Academic Look into Immigration", will feature in-depth information on emerging trends, key analysis, and the economic implications of immigration.
The day will progress into a discussion with Sister Norma Pimentel, recognized by Pope Francis for her efforts in helping Central American children as they crossed the Rio Grande in search of a better life and future. Sister Norma will offer a first-hand account of her experiences and will provide a human perspective to the debate.
In the afternoone, participants will travel to Catholic Charities Fort Worth enabling donors to witness the positive impact their generous contributions/investments have made. An overview will be given by Catholic Charities President, Heather Reynolds, followed by a tour around campus visiting Immigration Services, Refugee Services, the Children’s Assessment Center, and the Hope Center.