Immigration Forum

A Nation of Immigrants Explores Immigration Reform

The 2009 SOPHIA immigration forum


The forum, held on March 28, 2009 at Carroll University, Waukesha, WI was an educational forum that will discussed our country’s history of immigration, our current immigration policies, the need for immigration reform and how today’s immigrants have made valuable contributions to our country’s progress. Two local experts, Ed Fallone from Marquette University and Rachel Ida Buff form UW Milwaukee, were the keynote speakers.

Ed Fallone is an Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School where he teaches immigration law. Professor Fallone has published numerous articles on immigration and is a frequent speaker on the topic. He was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance program which represents immigrants and citizens with immigration-related issues.

Rachel Ida Buff is an Associate Professor and Director of Comparative Ethnic Studies at UW Milwaukee.  The Comparative Ethnic Studies Program examines global and local processes of immigration, and settlement, including the forces that shape the formation of cultural and social identities. Dr. Buff has written several articles on immigration reform and in 2008 edited a book Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship.

The day was exciting and informative as the speakers will discussed the history of US Immigration policy and the economic impact immigrants have made on our society. The forum also featured powerful personal stories by local immigrants and their journey to assimilate into our country.   

Over the past two years, Immigration and Immigration Reform have both become very important issues to our country.  As informed citizens, we need to understand all the different aspects of these issues to help our policymakers develop legislation that will be beneficial to all.


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