"Patriots or Invaders? - Immigrants in the Military in Modern America

A two day public conference

Fri, 05/23/2014 to Sat, 05/24/2014
Friend Center Convocation Room
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

A two-day conference on issues connecting immigration policy and the U.S. military, "Patriots or Invaders? - Immigrants in the Military in Modern America," will be held on Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, in the Friend Center Convocation Room at Princeton University. Events begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 23, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24.

The conference, which is sponsored by the Princeton Center for Migration and Development and directed by Professor Edward Telles, is free and open to the public. It will feature top researchers and writers on immigration and the U.S. military, including Jeanne Batalova (Immigration Policy Center); Nancy Gentile Ford (Bloomsburg University); Darlene Goring (Louisiana State University Law Center); James B. Stewart (Pennsylvania State University); and Margaret Stock, founder of Cascadia Cross Border Law and recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellowship. Participants also include Lieutenant Colonel Alfred V. Rascón, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor.

The conference is being co-sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Center for African American Studies, Institute for International and Regional Studies, Program in American Studies, Office of Population Research, Program in Latin American Studies, University Center for Human Values, and the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

For more information about the conference, contact Patricia Fernandez-Kelly at mpfk@princeton.edu.



Friday, May 23

9:00 – 10:30 AM

“Immigrants in the Military: Regional and Historical Factors”   

Edward Telles, Director, Princeton Center for Migration and Development

Nancy Gentile Ford, Bloomsburg University
Marco Durazo, University of California, Los Angeles
Rene Flores, Princeton University

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

“Military Recruitment and Enlistment: Barriers and Opportunities”     

Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College

Jeanne Batalova, Immigration Policy Center
Amy Lutz,  Syracuse University Andrew Ledford, Princeton University 

2:00 – 3:30 PM

“Military Families, Children, and Dreamers.

Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Princeton University

Darlene Goring, Louisiana State University
Lorena Oropeza, University of California, Davis
Lieutenant Alfred V. Rascón (Ret.) – Medal of Honor Recipient

Saturday, May 24

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

“Patriots and Citizens: Culture under Scrutiny.” 

Alejandro Portes, Princeton University and University of Miami

James B. Stewart, Pennsylvania State University
Margaret Stock, Cascadia Cross Border Law