Faculty Debate Border Issues in New Video Series
Posted: July 28, 2010
Latin Americanist faculty debate issues of violence, migration reform, political alliances, and other border-related topics in the new UT online video series "Border Views." Each week a different faculty member will be featured, with Anthropology professor Cecilia Ballí leading off as the first commentator in the series.
Says LLILAS Director Charles R. Hale, "This series allows University of Texas at Austin scholars to share well-grounded research...in hopes of generating informed debate on one of the most intractable social policy issues of our times."
You can view the first installment of the series by clicking on the video above. To view all the videos and read more about the series, see the full story at Know or select from the links below.
Part 5: Ricardo Ainslie
Ricardo Ainslie, a professor of educational psychology, studies the effects of ethnic conflicts on communities and the psychological experiences of immigrants. He produced the documentary “Ya Basta! Kidnapped in Mexico,” which investigates a wave of kidnappings and violent crime that has plagued Mexico during the past decade.
In three videos, Ainslie discusses the psychological factors that have contributed to support for the Arizona immigration law, Mexican immigrants and the impact their departure has on Mexico, and how an ethnic shift in a West Texas town has created conflict and offered lessons.
- Video 1: Ainslie discusses the psychological factors that contribute to support for the Arizona immigration law.
- Video 2: Ainslie discusses the surprising characteristics of many Mexican immigrants and the impact their departure has on Mexico.
- Video 3: Ainslie discusses how residents of a small West Texas border town deal with ethnic shift and the lessons they offer for the nation.
Part 4: Barbara Hines
Barbara Hines is the director of the Immigration Clinic and a clinical professor at the School of Law. She has litigated and written about issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts.
In three videos, Hines discusses the legal, economic and social problems with Arizona’s new law, the post-9/11 immigration enforcement model and her belief that we should move toward legalization and a temporary worker program.
- Video 1: Hines discusses what she sees as the legal, economic and social problems with Arizona’s new law.
- Video 2: Hines discusses the immigration enforcement model that has developed in recent years, especially after the 9/11 attacks.
- Video 3: Hines discusses her belief that we need to move toward legalization and a temporary worker program.
Part 3: Madeline Hsu
Madeline Hsu, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Asian American Studies, researches Chinese migration to North America and the intersection of immigration law and U.S. foreign policy.
In three videos, Hsu discusses Chinese immigrants and the first U.S. immigration laws, how early Chinese immigrants posed as Mexicans to enter the U.S. and how race is used to identify illegal immigrants.
- Video 1: Hsu discusses the first U.S. immigration laws, aimed at Chinese immigrants in the late 19th century.
- Video 2: Hsu discusses early Chinese immigrants who dressed as Mexicans to cross the U.S.-Mexican border illegally.
- Video 3: Hsu discusses the use of race in identifying illegal immigrants.
Part 2: Mercedes De Uriarte
Mercedes De Uriarte, an associate professor of journalism, is a former opinion editor and staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered Latin American issues extensively. As a professor, she has developed programs to teach students to cover underrepresented communities and taught such courses as Social Justice and the Press and U.S. International Crisis Coverage.
In three videos, De Uriarte discusses Arizona’s immigration law, NAFTA’S impact on life in Mexico and the media’s shortcomings in covering the immigration debate.
- Video 1: De Uriarte discusses how the Arizona law fits into the historical cycle of U.S. immigration policy.
- Video 2: De Uriarte discusses NAFTA’S impact on Mexican life and the flow of immigrants.
- Video 3: De Uriarte discusses the media’s shortcomings in covering the immigration debate.
Part 1: Cecilia Balli
Cecilia Balli, an anthropology professor, studies the sexual murder of women in Ciudad Juárez, the construction of a border fence and the Mexican anti-drug campaign. She is an award-winning journalist with Texas Monthly magazine and is working on a book about the border fence in the Rio Grande Valley.
In three videos, Balli discusses the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Mexican governments and recent economic, social and political forces that have contributed to the current climate along the border.
- Video 1: Balli discusses the forces that have brought immigration, violence and enforcement issues to a head this year.
- Video 2: Balli discusses how the U.S. and Mexican governments are united — but also divided — over immigration and border enforcement.
- Video 3: Balli discusses the new models of Mexican manhood and how they contribute to violence.