Immigration crisis in Texas

David Ives

David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, is calling for the creation of a work visa program to ease the immigration crisis in Texas.

"I believe there needs to be a work visa developed as soon as possible so that people we need to do work in the U.S. economy can come and go as they please depending on whether they pass a background check," said Ives, who has been studying and visiting Central America for 34 years. "Capital has free movement over international borders and so should labor with some ways to measure the backgrounds of a potential worker. I know the people who want to go north very well and there is no stopping them if they are desperate and seeing other families living better when they have someone in the United States sending money back." 

Ives also rebuked calls for the creation of a public relations campaign to discourage immigration.

"Creating a public relations campaign would be patently ridiculous," Ives said. "Some poor people really don't know who President Obama is. They speak a language other than Spanish. They don't have a TV or get many channels. They are challenged constantly to make ends meet, often eating one meal a day."

The Albert Schweitzer Institute, which has been affiliated with Quinnipiac since 2002, is committed to introducing Schweitzer's philosophy of "reverence for life" to a broad audience in order to bring about a more civil and ethical human society characterized by respect, responsibility, compassion and service.

To speak to Ives, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-582-5359 (office) or 203-206-4449 (cell). 

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