Holocaust Museum Houston

Guatemalan Migration to the U.S.: Transnational Challenges

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 – Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a lecture by Dr. Nestor Rodriguez, professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. His research and publications include the topics of unauthorized immigration in the U.S., the migration of unaccompanied minors, border enforcement policies, migrant deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border and conditions of return migration to Mexico and Central America. His most recent publications include, "Deportation and Return in a Border-Restricted World: Experiences in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (2017)," co-edited with Bryan Roberts and Cecilia Menjívar.

At this time in HMH's history, we work to create inclusive relationships with Houston's varied communities, including our Guatemalan neighbors. It is important to recognize that Guatemala opened a Holocaust museum in June 2018, one of the recent new museums in the world. Survivors of the Holocaust found refuge there post-war, and the Museum's esteemed colleague and respective scholar Father Patrick Debois and his organization, Yahad-in Unum, held an international conference about the role of the police in the Holocaust in Guatemala in May 2018, sponsored by the USHMM and UNESCO. Additionally, Guatemala is one of the countries the Museum will work with to bring educators from to Houston in 2020 for the Silverman Institute. Dr. Nestor Rodriguez will play a role in helping the HMH community to understand more clearly our connections to Guatemala and the challenges our two countries face around immigration.

In this lecture, Rodriguez explores the escalation of social unrest in Guatemala in the late 1970s and early 1980s that marked the beginning of large-scale Guatemalan migration to the United States. The migration has undergone several stages that differ by the volume and conditions of migration, as well as by the development of Guatemalan and other Central American immigrant communities in the United States. U.S. immigration policy facilitated legal immigration for some Guatemalans in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but since the late 1990s U.S. policy has increased the restriction of Central American immigration. While a large number of Guatemalans live in the United States with permanent visas and citizenship, in many cities in the country, the largest numbers of Guatemalan immigrants live and work with unauthorized status. Women and unaccompanied migrant children are the most vulnerable Guatemalan migrants on the journey north, and each year a number of Guatemalan migrants have died attempting to reach the United States.

Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


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