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Saturday, September 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Why Migrants Come

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They risk violence, detention and separation for the promise of a better life

Supported by IBC Bank. Programmed in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Director of Civic Engagement at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Soto specializes in immigration, race and gender in politics, and campaigns and elections as a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her research on political behavior has been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Politico. Previously, Soto taught at Northwestern... Read More →

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Ali Noorani

Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
Noorani has led the National Immigration Forum since 2008. Previously, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Noorani was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of “There Goes the Neighborhood... Read More →
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Poncho Nevárez

State Representative
Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has represented House District 74 since 2013. He serves as chair of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and sits on the Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Sunset Advisory Committee and the Select Committee on Opioids. Nevárez... Read More →
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Jay Root

Investigative Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root has been a senior political and investigative reporter for the Tribune since 2011. He is an award-winning journalist and author of “Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Rick Perry’s gaffe-filled run for president. Root’s latest investigative... Read More →
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Perla Trevizo

Reporter for the Houston Chronicle
Trevizo reports on environmental affairs for the Houston Chronicle. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting on immigration and border issues and spent six years on Arizona Daily Star’s investigative team. Most recently, Trevizo reported on the European refugee crisis... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom