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A Lecture on Unauthorized Immigration Comes to MSU

Dr. David FitzGerald, a specialist in US-Mexican relations from the University of California, San Diego, will be coming to Missouri State University on Monday September 24th. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story.

FitzGerald will be speaking about the effects of the US boarder control on unauthorized immigration.

Fitzgerald poses the question, ‘Is all of the increased resources spent on America’s southern border actually deterring unauthorized immigration?’

FitzGerald thinks not. In fact, he says that almost everyone who tries to cross the boarder, without proper papers, succeeds- But not everyone.

 “The major deterrent to crossing the boarder illegally is not being caught. The major deterrent is worries about dying in the desert or drowning in the Rio Grande River. In fact an average of one migrant a day is dying while trying to cross the southwest border without papers.”

While the presentation will focus on national policies, Fitzgerald says that the number of unauthorized immigrants into Missouri has increased from 10 thousand to 60 thousand since the mid-90’s.  He says we will mention ways that Missouri can help control the growth on unauthorized immigration into the state.

Admission is free and open to the public. FitzGerald will be speaking in room 313 of Plaster Student Union from 6:30 to 8pm.

For KSMU News, I'm Shane Franklin.