“Children on the US-Mexico Border”
Immigration along the US-Mexico border has been a major American issue for decades. In recent years, the plight of immigrants’ children have made national headlines. State and National politicians debate whether these children are economic migrants or political refugees. Professor Valerio-Jiménez will discuss these questions, addressing the historical roots of the current migrant flow and the immigration policies that have contributed to the problem, and draw connections to Iowa and its involvement with this contemporary crisis.
Omar Valerio-Jiménez was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and grew up in Texas. After graduating from MIT, he worked as an engineer for five years before returning to graduate school at UCLA, where he obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees. He has taught at universities in California, New York, Texas, and Iowa. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Iowa.