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NMSU to host public debates about mid-term elections, immigration lectures

The upcoming mid-term elections have dominated political discussion in recent months. New Mexico State University government students will present a public debate of the issues surrounding the upcoming elections and other controversial issues over the next couple of months.


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NMSU government department head Neil Harvey will discuss border and immigration issues at lectures and debates hosted at NMSU.

NMSU government professor Christa Slaton will moderate a debate about the upcoming mid-term elections as part of a series of events hosted in October and November.

The events are free and open to the public.

The first is a debate titled “Mid-term elections in the US: What is at stake?” will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Breland Hall, Room 179. Government professor Christa Slaton and Toria Kovacs, a master’s of public administration student and president of the Government Graduate Student Organization, will moderate the debate.

NMSU government undergraduates Josue Gandarilla and Kohlby McInnes, vice president of the NMSU Council of Collegiate Voters and Kovacs will discuss the value of voter registration and participation.

The debate will also focus on policy areas and potential changes, including a discussion about women and political representation by Slaton; immigration and border issues, by Neil Harvey, government department head, and Ricardo Trejo, master’s of public administration student and GGSO executive assistant; as well as US foreign relations by associate professor Neal Rosendorf. There will be a question and answer period following the debate.

The next presentation for the Department of Government, titled Migration, Borders and Human Rights: Comparisons from Europe and the US-Mexico Borderlands,” will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 in Breland Hall, Room 179.

Government professor Sabine Hirschauer will share experiences of students she took to Germany on an international service-learning program to learn about the non-governmental organizations helping African and Middle Eastern refugees in Munich integrate into western culture.

The second part of the presentation will feature Harvey’s National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in the US-Mexico Borderlands. Harvey took students to the US-Mexico border to speak with people detained in holding facilities. Student participants in the program will share their observations of court proceedings affecting undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, and how community-based organizations have responded to immigration policies.
Both experiences took place in summer 2018.

The third public event, a debate titled “Mid-term elections in the US: Interpreting the Results”from 4–5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Breland Hall, Room 333.

Moderated by Harvey and McInnes, the debate will focus on analyzing voter participation in the mid-term elections; the implications of the results for women’s participation in government; and how the legislative and executive branches of government will interact with new participants.