I joined fellow Cornell faculty members on a panel addressing immigration issues under the new administration. We received many audience questions on current policies and the complications of migrating to the U.S. and crossing its borders.

In response to one question, I stated the courts rather than Congress might intervene on immigration policy changes and limits to the number of refugees admitted to the U.S., but the president could enact other measures. For example, the State Department has a new form for visa applicants with questions about their recent social media usage and travel in the last 15 years.

In response to questions about the President’s mission to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, my fellow panelist, Garcia-Rios, a native of Durango, Mexico, contributed that, “we see a binational dynamic at the border”. During his first year at the University of Texas, El Paso, and after moving to El Paso he would often cross back and forth across the border to Mexico to visit family and friends or for a meal.

“Now I see a change that is more restrictive. A community that used to be binational is disrupted,” he said.

“We already effectively have a wall, just not a physical wall,” I added.

 

Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle, here.