Last year, Georgia passed extremely anti-immigrant legislation in the form of HB87. Under the Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, it is considered a crime to transport as well as harbor undocumented people. The law, patterned after Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law, imposes monetary penalties as well as incarceration under certain conditions. Perhaps not surprisingly, The American Educational Research Association recently made a decision to move its 2013 conference from Atlanta to San Francisco, California. After much controversy, AERA ‘s executive board decided it was best to move the conference to prevent involvement of their members in what might be considered criminal behavior. Furthermore, moving the conference would uphold their values of equity, equality, and transparency. Participants would continue to feel welcome and undocumented students would not be discouraged from attending out of fear. In light of the situation, this appears to be a smart, justifiable decision.
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