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The MSBA's Children & the Law and

Immigration Law Sections are Co-Sponsoring


Anchor Babies: Dispelling Immigration Myths
and Revealing Truths

  • The origin of “Anchor Babies” and other pejorative terms
  • Combating Bias in the Media, the Courts and other Institutions
  • Anchor Babies? All in a definition
  • Colbert Nation: Exposing Bias through Humor and Satire
  • Minnesota Nice or Minnesota ICE? Making the Case for Latinos North of the Border
  • When does bias or discrimination become actionable?

Immigration remains a highly volatile and political issue. The increasing numbers of Latinos (and other cultures) in Minnesota have become an easy target for racial profiling, scapegoats for a challenging economy, discrimination and bias. How does this occur and what is the social fallout? When does bias or discrimination become actionable and what is the process to seek redress? This seminar will delve into the origins of the term “Anchor Babies” and address issues of bias in the media, the courts, law enforcement, and other institutions. The panel will address making the case for positive images and promoting assimilation of divergent cultures.


Steven C. Thal (Moderator), Steven C Thal PA

Beth Bibus, Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Ana Luisa Fajer Flores, Consul of Mexico

Mary Giovagnoli, Director Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Council

John C. Keller, Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

2 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE credits to be applied for. The event code is 164580.

Lunch will be provided. Special dietary requests need to be received by February 23.



Date:   Monday, February 27, 2012

Time:   Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location:   MSBA Offices, 600 Nicollet Mall, #380,
Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Immigration or Children & the Law Section Member:  $25.00

MSBA Member but not a member of either the Immigration or Children & the Law Sections:  $30.00

Non-MSBA Member:  $35.00

Law Students:  $10.00

Teleconferencing is available.  Registrations must be received no later than February 23. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent by e-mail on Friday, February 24.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.