Open vs Closed Borders: The Debate
Open vs Closed Borders: The Debate

Faculty and students will debate the current immigration crisis, the debate about the relationship between open borders and increased crime, and whether the country should move to lesser or greater restrictions on immigration. For more information, please contact Professor Kari Hebert at


Adonia Simpson, Director of the Family Defense Program, Americans for Immigrant Justice

Adonia R. Simpson is the Director of the Family Defense Program at Americans for Immigrant Justice. Ms. Simpson has substantial experience in both private practice and legal services. Ms. Simpson started her legal career as the Fellow for the Center for Law and Social Responsibility providing representation on Special Immigrant Juvenile cases at Greater Boston Legal Services. During her Fellowship, she also participated in a trial observation in Colombia with the support of Rights and Democracy and Lawyers without Borders of Canada. Following her fellowship, she worked in private practice providing representation on defensive immigration and criminal matters. Before AI Justice, Ms. Simpson was the Managing Attorney at Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Immigration Legal Services at the Esperanza Center. Ms. Simpson has frequently lectured, written and been interviewed on immigration topics. She is licensed in Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court.

Driena Sixto, Gulf Regional Manager, Turning Point USA

Driena Sixto is a Miami-Dade County native, born and raised in the city of Hialeah, and proud daughter of Cuban parents – her father being an ex political prisoner. She is a Florida International University alumna with two B.A.s – in International Relations and Political Science. During the 2016 presidential election cycle, she served as the National Outreach and Recruitment Director for the student volunteer branch of one of the top 5 Republican presidential candidates. Currently, she is the Gulf Regional Manager for Turning Point USA, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization. She is in charge of operations in the state of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. TPUSA is the largest conservative student organization nationwide and is dedicated to educating students on the importance of free markets, limited government, and fiscal responsibility on campuses nationwide. Driena hopes to give back to her community by helping young people escape generational poverty through education. Education on the importance of entrepreneurship, free markets, and individual liberty.