Interview with Edgardo Mansilla, June 4, 2013

Edgardo Mansilla talks about growing up in Argentina, and discusses the Dirty War in Argentina in the 1970's and 1980's, and political instability in other parts of Latin America. Mansilla describes his experiences living under Argentina's repressive military government in the 1970's. He tells how he was arrested for refusing to cut his hair. Mansilla tells how the Catholic Church in Argentina desired to teach Catholicism in public schools, and how this made the Baptists ally themselves with communists to oppose this. Mansilla talks about his decision to attend a Baptist seminary, and his mother's fear that he would potentially be arrested for this. Mansilla describes how he dealt with the frequent death threats he received during his work in Argentina. Mansilla talks about his visits to the Boone County Jail in Burlington, Kentucky, and interviews he conducted with the illegal immigrants detained there, who were facing deportation. He discusses some of the problems with how the United States currently treats immigrants. Mansilla discusses the influx of refugees in the United States, especially in Louisville, where he was working. He talks about what he feels are the unfair conditions for immigration and the need for reform. Mansilla discusses the work he has done with Americana Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky, starting with his practicum there as a social work student.

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