Migration in the Trump era: PSU hosts conference June 9
Author: Cristina Rojas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Posted: May 25, 2018

A leading expert on immigration policy will be the keynote speaker at a Portland State University conference bringing together researchers, community members and others to discuss migration issues.

Wayne Cornelius, a professor emeritus of political science and founding director of the University of California at San Diego's U.S.-Mexico Studies, will give a talk titled, "Evidence-free Immigration Policy-making in the Age of Trump."

The conference is June 9 and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cornelius, a Portland resident, is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m.

Community groups will also take part in a discussion at 10:15 a.m. about the populations they serve, the most significant challenge they see facing immigrant and refugee populations in the Portland area and how the political climate has affected their work over the last year.

The conference is hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' research cluster on migration studies and will feature panel discussions about key issues affecting migrants and refugees. The cluster was formed to bring together researchers from across disciplines with expertise in migration, with a long-term goal of establishing a migration center and creating a degree program at PSU.



WHAT: Migration Cluster Lightning Conference

WHEN: Saturday, June 9; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See full schedule here.

WHERE: Academic and Student Recreation Center, Room 230, 1800 SW 6th Avenue, Portland

MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to cover any part of the event and interview speakers, who are either experts in migration or work closely with immigrants

CONTACT: For more information, contact Alex Sager at or 503-725-9893