Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Former Mexican cabinet official addresses immigration reform in free talk Feb. 22

KINGSVILLE - February 15, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143


KINGSVILLE (February 15, 2007) — The public is invited to attend a free presentation at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from Dr. Juan Hernández, president of the Organization for Hispanic Advancement Inc. and former cabinet member in Mexican President Vicente Fox’s administration. He will be speaking in the Little Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m.

Hernández’s presentation is based on his new book The New American Pioneers - Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?, which addresses the need for what he calls honorable immigration reform. The presentation is co-sponsored by the International Affairs Group and Southwest Borderlands Studies, both at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

While serving as a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, Hernández founded the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies in 1996.  In that position, he invited the then-governor of Guanajuato, Vicente Fox, as a guest speaker.  During that visit, Hernández coordinated the first meeting between the governors of Mexico and Texas, Fox and George W. Bush. In 1997, Fox invited Hernández to help with the creation of the Guanajuato Trade Offices, a project designed to establish trade offices in the U.S. to represent the Mexican state. When Fox ran for president of Mexico, he asked Hernández to be on his campaign team.

After Fox was elected president in 2000, Hernández was appointed to head the President's Office for Mexicans Living Abroad, making him the first U.S. citizen to serve on a Mexican president's cabinet. Hernández is a citizen of both the U.S. and Mexico.

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