José-Antonio Orosco, author of Toppling the Melting Pot, will discuss the thoughts of Latinx farmworker leader Cesar Chavez about undocumented immigration to the United States. In particular, Orosco will examine Chavez’s view that if we take American values of equality and democracy seriously, then we as a society have a moral obligation to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay and even participate in our communities as voters.
José-Antonio Orosco is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis. His main interests are in social and political philosophy with an emphasis on social movements and democratic theory, US American pragmatism, and Latin / Latin American thought. He has taught previously at the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Mexico, and at the National University of Rosario, in Rosario, Argentina. He is also author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence.