The Catholic University of America

July 8, 2014

Experts on the Immigration Crisis

Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss Catholic social teaching on migration and the Catholic Church’s response to the immigration crisis on the U.S. border.

  • LATINOS AND HISPANICS IN THE UNITED STATES — Enrique Pumar, associate professor and sociology department chair, is an expert in Central American and international migration, Latinos and Hispanics in the United States, higher education, Latin America and Cuba, and urban crime. Pumar recently edited the book Hispanic Migration and Urban Development and every semester he lectures on Latin America migration at the Foreign Service Institute. In addition, he has appeared on NPR and CNN en Español programs.

    Contact Pumar at 202-319-5445, 301-785-0314, or
  • MEXICAN MIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES — Julia Young, assistant professor of history, is an expert in Latin America, Mexico, Mexican migration to the United States, religion, and ethnicity and diasporas. Young is currently completing a book about Mexican migration during the Cristero War, a Church-state conflict of the 1920s. She was quoted in an August 2013 Catholic World Report article about the U.S. bishops’ push for immigration reform.

    Contact Young at 202-319-5484, 202-487-8315, or

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at or contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines in the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600 or