Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Rachel Ida Buff

"Against the Deportation Terror: Tracing Routes and Roots of Immigrant Rights Activism in the 20th Century"

Wed, February 28, 2018 | Gordon-White Building Multi-Purpose Room | GWB 2.206 | The University of Texas at Austin

4:00 PM

Join us for a CMAS Plática featuring Rachel Ida Buff
Join us for a CMAS Plática featuring Rachel Ida Buff

Please join us for a CMAS Plática featuring author and professor, Rachel Ida Buff.

This talk, entitled, "Against the Deportation Terror: Tracing Routes and Roots of Immigrant Rights Activism in the 20th Century," explores some of the exploits of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born (ACPFB), an immigrant rights organization operative between 1933 and 1982. Headquartered in New York City, the ACPFB networked with advocates around the country to organize against what they called "the deportation terror." Specifically, this talk looks at the deportation defense of Humberto Silex, a Nicaraguan American labor organizer in El Paso in the 1940s. The ACPFB helped raise the profile of the Silex deportation case to a national level; in turn, working with primarily Latinx organizers in Texas transformed the organization's understanding of the immigrant rights struggles.

Rachel Ida Buff teaches history and comparative ethnic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Against the Deportation Terror is her most recent academic book. She also maintains a blog and writes for a wide variety of progressive media outlets. She is a member of the UWM chapter of the American Association of University Professionals.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS), Department of American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice (School of Law)

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