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Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax; 713/743-8199

January 8, 2004

Contact: Eric Gerber
713/743-8189 (office)


President Bush’s recently announced immigration proposal – which suggests adopting a temporary worker program that provides an option for participants to pursue permanent resident status – is a complex and controversial topic. These University of Houston faculty resources are available to the media to comment directly on the proposal or to provide background information. If you are unable to contact them directly or have a request for a subject not listed below, contact the External Communications office at 713-743-8189.

Center for Immigration Research (CIR) studies current immigration trends in order to inform decision making concerning international and national policies, as well disseminating information to local institutions, organizations and policy-makers involved with the settlement and incorporation of America's “new immigrants” into their communities. The Web site contains a wealth of information about the center’s research projects and reports: http://www.uh.edu/cir/

Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance. The only person to hold membership in both the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education, Olivas is a widely recognized expert on immigration law and policy. Additional information: http://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/
Phone: 713-743-2078. E-mail: molivas@uh.edu

Joseph A. Vail, associate professor of law and director of the UH Law Center’s Immigration Law Clinic, which supervises students working on a variety of actual immigration cases. Vail is a former immigration judge.
Phone: 713-743-0897. E-mail: jvail@uh.edu

Nestor Rodriguez, associate professor of sociology and co-director of CIR, is an authority in the study of immigration policy, border enforcement and state repression. (Available 1/9/2004.) Additional information: http://www.sociology.uh.edu/profile_Rodriguez.htm
Phone: 713-743-3946. E-mail: nrodriguez@uh.edu

Jacqueline Maria Hagan, associate professor of sociology and co-director of CIR, is a noted researcher in the fields of immigration, social policy and human rights issues. Additional information: http://www.sociology.uh.edu/profile_Hagan.htm
Phone: (713) 743-3945. E-mail: jhagan@uh.edu

Stephen Zamora, professor of law, is an expert in NAFTA and international trade and lead author of the forthcoming book “Mexican Law.” Additional information: http://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/
Phone: (713) 743-2137. E-mail: szamora@uh.edu

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