Immigration Reform Forum Planned May 11

The forum is intended to inform the general public about the latest proposed legislation on immigration reform, specifically by the “Gang of Eight,” which if passed, “will have innumerable political, economic, cultural, and social consequences for the country,” said Navarro, a political science professor in UCR’s Department of Ethnic Studies

Immigration attorneys, policy analysts and community organizers will review immigration reform legislation introduced in Congress at a public forum on Saturday, May 11, at the University of California, Riverside.

The Forum on Comprehensive Humane Immigration Reform is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in University Lecture Hall 1000 and is open to the public at no charge. There is a fee for parking. Permits may be purchased at the kiosk near the campus entrance on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

The forum is a continuation of the National Leadership Summit on Immigration Reform held at UCR on March 16, which was attended by more than 300 people from various parts of the country. While the summit dealt with proposals for immigration reform, the May 11 event will provide an assessment of legislation proposed by the so-called “Gang of Eight,” the bipartisan committee of the U.S. Senate. If the House of Representatives produces its own bill, that also will be analyzed.

As was the case with the March 16 Summit, the May 11 forum is facilitated by students of the UCR Alliance for Immigration Reform (AIR) under the supervision of their professor, Armando Navarro, and Maria Anna Gonzales, AIR community liaison, as part of a practicum of the course “Chicano Politics, Ethnic Studies 123.”


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