Not People, They're Animals: Criminalizing Immigrant Youth and the Myths Behind MS-13

Donald Trump referred to people deported from the U.S. as “animals” during a meeting about California’s “sanctuary” law last May, referring to convicted members of the gang MS-13. It was one of many instances in which immigrants were linked to criminality. In this panel discussion, we will explore the roots of the MS-13 and why media coverage has failed to adequately represent the threat that it actually poses to the community and the reasons for its emergence in the U.S.  Panelists include Sergio Argueta, community activist and founder of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. and invited journalists who have covered the gang situation on Long Island and across the country.

Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS)  

Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center.

In collaboration with the Center for Civic Engagement for the  Day of Dialogue.

Day of Dialogue is a day of workshops, panels, screenings and performances devoted to deliberation and reflection on some of the major issues that face our community, our nation, and the world. This year's theme "Born Free and Equal" is inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "a milestone document in the history of human rights" according to the United Nations. 

This all-day annual event presented by Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement serves as an important forum for community engagement and participation. Students, faculty and community members are welcome. 


The Joseph G. Astman Cultural Events are presented in loving memory of Dr. Joseph G. Astman, founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center. Dr. Astman was a humanist, cultural comparatist and international scholar.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 12:50-2:15 p.m.

Location: Plaza Room West, Mack Student Center

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit


This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.  


Wednesday, October 24, 2018





West Plaza Room, Mack Student Center
West Plaza Room, Student Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
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