Immigration Reform Forum Planned May 11

Policy analysts, immigration attorneys and community organizers will review proposed legislation in UC Riverside event

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UCR will host a forum on immigration reform on May 11.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — 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.”

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

Policy analysts who will present their assessments of proposed legislation include: Jose Calderon, professor emeritus of sociology, Pitzer College; Ellen Reese, professor of sociology and chair of the UCR Labor Studies Program; Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF); Lucero Chavez, staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California; Carlos Arango, executive director of Centro Aztlán, Chicago, Ill.; and Emilio Amaya, executive director of the Community Services Center, San Bernardino.

Peter Schey, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, will be the keynote speaker. He is one of the foremost legal experts on immigration law, from a civil rights perspective, in the country. Also delivering a special address is nationally renowned pro-immigration rights attorney Isabel Garcia of the Coalición de Derechos Humanos (Coalition for Human Rights), based in Tucson, Ariz. Both speakers will address immigration reform legislation and proposals under consideration in Congress.

Responding to the analyses of proposed legislation will be: Russell Juaragui, immigrant rights attorney, Los Angeles; Luz Gallegos, projects coordinator of TODEC Legal Center, which serves migrant communities in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties; Felipe Aguirre, Maywood city councilman; and Carlos Montes, founder of Legalization for All National Network and the steering committee of the Southern California Immigration Coalition.

The forum will take on the spirit of a town hall meeting. Participation from the audience will be encouraged to ask questions of the speakers, panelists, and respondents. The audience will vote on whether it supports immigration reform proposed by Congress.

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Armando Navarro
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Mary Ann Gonzales
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