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Illegal immigration from Mexico topic for BYU lecture Nov. 7

John “Dink” Dinkelman, consul at the U.S. Consulate in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, will speak at the Global Awareness Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 7, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

The topic will be "An Economic View on Immigration: The Merchandizing of Desert Crossing." The public is welcome to attend.

Dinkelman will discuss the journey across the desert taken by thousands of illegal immigrants who cross daily from the entry at Sasabe to Altar, Ariz. The entire process degrades from a large population transit-area to the middle of the desert where Mexicans try to connect with the “coyotes” who they hope will bring them to a better life.

While he is on campus Wednesday, Dinkelman will also conduct training sessions for those interested in foreign service careers. The Colleges of Humanities and Family, Home and Social Sciences will host a session from 10 to 11 a.m. in 3101 Joseph F. Smith Building, and a second one will be at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies from 2 to 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Dinkelman began his new post at the U.S. Consulate in Nogales last summer and is responsible for U.S. and Mexican affairs for the northern half of the state of Sonora.

After joining the Foreign Service Institute orientation division in 2001, he served as deputy A-100 coordinator until August 2005, when he became the course coordinator, having entered the Foreign Service with the 44th A-100 class in 1988 as an administrative generalist.

He graduated from BYU with degrees in business and Spanish.

Writer: Lee Simons

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