January 11, 2010 13:35 Age: 4 yrs

EPIC Annual Conference Examines Economic Migration

By: Liz Chilla

“Immigration enforcement does not keep people from crossing the border and it does not prevent people from working,” said writer and photojournalist David Bacon. “What it does do is determine the status of people once they’re here. It’s about making workers unequal.”

Bacon was the keynote speaker at the Emory Public Interest Committee’s annual conference, “Expendable People?: A Human Rights Perspective on the Impact of Global Economic Migration on Georgia.”

The conference focused on three aspects of economic migration: human trafficking, the guest worker program and the undocumented workforce.

More than 200 people attended the conference held on Oct. 17.

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