KSU immigration conference follows controversy
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
October 28, 2010 12:00 AM | 4197 views | 41 41 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Beginning today, Kennesaw State University will host a three-day conference on immigration issues in Georgia and the southeast. The timing of the event comes in the wake of controversy surrounding state college admission policy of illegal immigrants and the arrest of a KSU student, Jessica Colotl who was discovered to be in the country illegally.

The "Conference on Immigration in the Southeast: Defining Problems, Finding Solutions" will take place through Saturday at the KSU Center on Busbee Drive. Guest speakers, panel sessions and a final session focused on producing a white paper on immigration are planned.

The report and panels at the conference will promote an understanding of the problems associated with immigration, with an emphasis on suggesting practical solutions to challenges that threaten economic growth and social strength in the southeast, according to the event Web page.

But some anti-illegal immigration activists, such as D.A. King of Kennesaw, have expressed concerns about whether both sides of the illegal immigration debate will be presented at the conference. Concerns have also been raised about the cost to taxpayers for having a possible one-sided conference and late public notification of the event.

King said he believes the presenters listed on the conference's schedule - who include those from the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institute, several universities, and the consul general offices of Mexico and Guatemala - have a pro-illegal immigration agenda.

"There is a vast difference between education and indoctrination," King said. "This three-day event seems like immense taxpayer-funded overkill on the latter."

The university sent no notifications to the Journal concerning the conference. Conference information was posted online on the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Policy and Research's website; however, Dr. Richard Engstrom, interim director, said he had nothing to do with organizing the conference.

King believes it was purposely kept quiet.

Other calls and e-mails to the university were not returned by press time.

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Center for Regional History and Culture, and Maya Heritage Community Project at KSU, according to the university. The Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies at the University of South Carolina, Centro de Investigaciones Sobre America del Norte of the Universidad Nacional Aut noma de Mexico, and Emory University's sociology department and women's studies department are also listed as sponsors.

According to the website, there is a $55 registration fee, paid at the conference, that will include meals. However, it is not clear if the university is paying expenses related to travel, lodging or speaking fees.

Since the spring, KSU had been at the center of a debate storm over illegal immigrants attending public colleges and universities in Georgia.

Jessica Colotl, a KSU student whose arrest on traffic charges last spring led to her detention on immigration charges, sparked the controversy. The incident led to a vote earlier this month by the state Board of Regents to ban illegal immigrants from attending certain public colleges beginning next fall.

This fall, a new 14-member, all-Republican committee of the General Assembly will meet to find ways to prevent illegal immigration in Georgia.
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learnthetruth
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October 30, 2010
There was absolutely NOTHING secret about this meeting!!!!!! The ability to create news where there isn't news is the new super-power here in America! One would think, with our soldiers dying abroad, homeless on our streets, bankrupt families around every corner, our failing education systems, etc...etc..that there would be enough issues for all journalists to report on!!!!!!!!!!
Earth to Aliennation
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October 30, 2010
Remember:Landing gear down...
American vet
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October 30, 2010
If it is such a good idea, why the cover up?
To ATF
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October 30, 2010
There are many sides to every issue. It is a liberal norm to exclude any view that is not liberal/progressive/socialist. Objections to liberals is "hate speech". To the mindless mob teaching our kids at KSU, diversity does not include anything not stamped "APPROVED" by the nutty left. In this case, the La Raza goons.

Oh so very well put:"There is a vast difference between education and indoctrination," King said. "This three-day event seems like immense taxpayer-funded overkill on the latter."

KSUstudent
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October 30, 2010
I attended the teach-in today not sure what to expect, but what I pleasantly discovered was an open forum to discuss BOTH sides of the topic. What I have gained from all my education thus far is that we are here to learn and be able to express our opinion no matter which "side" in a clear and scholarly manner. If I wanted to learn ignorant name calling I would be looking up your momma jokes and sitting with people who obviously have not done research and limit themselves to hearsay. The overall message I perceived and agree with is that we do have a problem with undocumented immigrants, but our system is failing somewhere. Raids and deportations have not decreased the number of people entering the country illegally. We all to work together to figure out a solution rather than spreading hate. We all take part in consumers of any product or many services whether we know it or not that use undocumented workers because we want the lower price, but think we are above it because we turn the other cheek. This issue like many today stem from every one of US.
ATF
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October 29, 2010
It isn't a liberal act to call people together to conference on a hot political issue.

There are many sides to every issue. I know most folks have made up their minds and cannot even listen anymore, but there are some who see a need to hear and voice their concerns. Some actually believe there is a need to find a solution that would actually work, instead of standing on their soap boxes.

Who knows, maybe some good ideas will come out of many people working together. Synergy.
el paso
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October 29, 2010
The person referencing the Brown Shirts of pre world war 2 is missing the point - the nativists are the Brown Shirts.
Sad KSU alumni
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October 28, 2010
As a graduate of the Coles School of Business 2 yrs ago at KSU, I'm ashamed that my alma mater would put on such a liberal sham as this "conference." Shame on you KSU for providing a forum where these progressives can openly endorse breaking our federal laws.
anonymous
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October 28, 2010
Maybe we can all read some actual news together about this issue:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2008-04-10-immigrantstaxes_N.htm
KSU alum
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October 28, 2010
What sad, sad news that KSU is becoming the UC Berkley of the south. And that we watch while "immigration" seminars are held in secret.

Dr. Papa needs to go. The MDJ should be praised for reporting this travesty.
Simple Truth
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October 28, 2010
To evechols-Why have a conference at all? There are laws on the books concerning ILLEGAL immigrats. ENFORCE them!
anonymous
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October 28, 2010
Get Ready,

Your comment "KSU, like most universities, has become a breading (sic) ground for Liberals..."

Now, what would you suggest people do after high school? I don't understand the comment...

Are you suggesting that colleges should be banned? I suppose you are.
Alien Nation
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October 28, 2010
Love your brother..That's His direction

for us to make a connection...with each other

to love one another

Affection, compassion, kindness

Love is blindness, mindless

You feel it here... just to be clear

Love one another means everyone

not everyone but the queer,

the black man, the Muslim, the immigrant, the Jew

Think about it while your preaching from the pew

Are you loving one another..just like He loves you?
juarez
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October 28, 2010
what part of illegal do YOU not understand? An undocumented student is being prosecuted for falsifying a document and presenting it to the police (she allegedly lied about her address). The head of the very police force that is prosecuting her, Mickey Lloyd, is accused of the very same violation (allegedly lying about his heroics in war by presenting a false document) and he is allowed to retire rather than to get arrested. oh, no...you're not a bunch of racist at all. I can clearly see the difference. One is a friend of the next attorney general (Sam Olens) and one is brown.
My God!!!
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October 28, 2010
This should give you chills people, whatever side left or right. The comments from "Easy Solutions" reminded me of history that is now over 60 years old. It's called WWII!!! Brown Shirts abusing people, nationalistic rhetoric, National Socialist Party better known as the NAZI party and FASCISM. God! Please help us, do not let this ever happen in our Land!!! Proud American!!!!!

Solution-

1)Deport Illegals.

2)Enforce the laws on the books.

3)Make it Legal to verify a Person's identification.

4)Remove easy access to Healthcare & Social Security for Illegals.

5)Do away with "Born in the U.S. makes you an Automatic U.S. Citizen". Babies born in the U.S. should be citizens ONLY if one of the parents is a U.S. citizen.

6)Strenghten the e-verify system for employment. 7)Increase penalties on employers for hiring illegals.

8)Secure ALL the borders of the United States.

mk- pay in cash only
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October 28, 2010
Mr. G , I can assure you, if the laws were enforced here in Georgia, which would mean the only people actually participating in our economy (exchanging money for goods or service, thus paying required tax ), MY economy would immediately IMPROVE! And I imagine that would be the same for 100,000's of other Georgians out of work also!
A Taxpayer
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October 28, 2010
God forbid we permit anything approaching "progressive" thinking here in Cobb County. . .
Pam J
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October 28, 2010
Why are they even having a conference? What part of "illegal" do these people not undersand? I was going to enroll in KSU for some continuing education classes, but until they expel Jessica Coloti I am not giving that school one cent of my money. For those of us who have lived in Cobb County all our lives, this has been a slap in the face.
itstime
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October 28, 2010
The lefties are at it again. A secret meeting (can you say Obama, Pelosi and Reid) just like they do in Washington and at the Cobb County School Board. El Paso and the rest of the open borders crowd don't seem to understand what the word ILLEGAL means. Probably because he is one. To have a meeting with The Brookings Institute present and a bunch of other lefties, you are assured that the recommendations will involve AMNESTY and other "progressive" thinking solutions. WAW1, ElPaso and Mr. G need to go to the conference and see how ridiculous the "open borders" crowd really are. Perhaps Mr. Papp and his group of liberal professors need to head to California where they will be welcomed with open arms. They just disgust those of us here that believe in the Constitution.
Mr. G
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October 28, 2010
I agree with El Paso; without these immigrants the economy would dive even deeper. I know it may be hard to believe; but majority of the immigrants do pay taxes each time they spend their money at a local grocery store, gas station, mall etc.. I know many of you will disagree, but they do put back into the system what they take out, in the form of education and healthcare. There here, most are staying, so deal with it. Stop blaming every problem in this county or state or country on immigrants, especially since the conservative right has been in power in this State for the past eight years.
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