The University of Montana to Hear Immigration Expert Speaker

Next week, Missoula’s University of Montana will receive a guest speaker in the form of the US Commission on Immigration Reform’s former executive director. She will talk about the policies related to refugees and immigration reform under the Trump administration. Georgetown University’s Susan Martin, from Washington DC, is set to appear on Tuesday 2 October, at 6 pm in the Liberal Arts Building Room 011.

Martin founded Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and once served on the Commission on Immigration Reform, which is legally mandated to give advice to the President and Congress on refugee and immigration policy. The number of immigrant refugees allowed to enter the US per year has been slashed to 30,000 by the Trump administration, which is the lowest figure in recent history. Fewer than 22,000 refugees have arrived via the program with the anniversary of the first full year of the administration less than a week away.

Martin is the chairwoman of the World Bank’s Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration and the author of several publications. She is currently working on the reprinted edition of her book, A Nation of Immigrants while holding a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in the history of US civilization.

Open to the general public and free to attend, the talk is sponsored by the University’s Global Public Health program as well as its Political Science and History departments, the Franke Global Leadership Initiative, International Development Studies, and the School of Journalism.