Some of the world’s top experts on immigration will be gathering in Omaha next week for the annual Latino/Latin American Cumbre/Summit of the Great Plains.
The two-day event, “Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement,” which is open to the public, comes at a time when the topic of immigration reform is heating up across America.
Organizers say the workshops and activities offer community leaders, students, teachers, employers and others an opportunity to broaden their understanding of demographic changes and immigration in the United States.
The conference will be May 14 and 15 at the Embassy Suites hotel in the Old Market.
Organizers promise lively discussions about factors driving the movement of people within and across the nation’s borders, and the trade-offs for those who leave the United States and those who stay.
Speakers include Angelo Amador, director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who will speak on the reasons why employers should be concerned about immigration reform, and Robert Suro, journalist and founder of the Pew Hispanic Center.
Other presenters will be representing four continents, 16 countries, 14 states within the United States and numerous communities within Nebraska. Foreign and local government officials will be involved.
With the exception of keynote luncheons, the conference is free for the general public. Online registration is encouraged by Saturday at www.unomaha.edu/ollas/register.php. For more information, call 402-554-3835.
The conference was organized by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the International Network on Migration and Development; the Heartland Workers Center; and the National Association of Latino and Caribbean Communities.
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