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Faculty in the News—September 5th Edition

DU faculty were in the media this week discussing immigration policy, the partition of India and cybersecurity. Find out what César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Ved Nanda and JB Holston have to say.

In a piece for Public Radio International, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, associate professor at the Sturm College of Law, comments on immigration and sanctuary city policies. The article details the concerns of undocumented immigrants in Houston who are hesitant to seek help at shelters out of fear that government officials there will ask for proof of legal residency. García Hernández weighs in on how cities across the U.S. are handling immigration enforcement. “I think the undeniable trend is that urban centers in the United States have been thrust into the middle of the immigration law enforcement debate," he says. "All of these policies take slightly different approaches. That makes a whole lot of sense because these are different communities. They’re responding to different needs and different pressure points."

In this op-ed for the Denver Post, Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor at the Sturm College of Law, recounts the harrowing story of fleeing his hometown of Gujranwala as a young boy during the partition of India and Pakistan 70 years ago. Nanda remembers how what was once a peaceful community of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs quickly turned violent. He writes, “Lifelong friends had turned into bitter enemies. Violence had torn the communities apart. . . Eventually, with a million dead and 10 million on the move, the question from 1947 still remains unanswered: How do humans turn into animals?” He closes by explaining how he channeled these memories into action: “As I look back at the 70th anniversary of India’s partition, it is perhaps this experience which has given me the lifelong purpose to work for peace and human rights, especially for refugees.”

JB Holston, dean at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, articulates the importance of cybersecurity professionals in our increasingly connected world in the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Security is the umbrella issue for the digital world, and data science is the underpinning language of all of that," Holston says. "As everything becomes that much more digitized, the demand for folks with these kinds of capabilities is only going to continue to increase at ridiculous rates." He also explains how technology business are evolving in Colorado. “The tech sector (in Colorado) is dramatically different than it was 20 or even 10 years ago throughout the whole state but particularly the Front Range. Within the tech sector we've got cybersecurity-focused firms that have emerged and are doing really well, and they're headquartered here."