Las Cruces Immigration Forum Next Thursday

Las Cruces – Two public forums on immigration reform and related issues will be held in council chambers at City Hall in Las Cruces, 700 N. Main St. on Thursday, January 20th.

The forums, entitled "Reflections & Dialogue on Immigration and Immigration Reform" will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. and 5:30 - 8 p.m.

The following is the agenda for the afternoon session. The same agenda will be followed for the evening session:

1 p.m. Introduction: Las Cruces City Councillor Olga Pedroza, Dist. 3

Welcome: Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima

1:20 - 1:50 p.m. The Legal Aspects of Immigration

+ NM Constitution and Victim's Rights - Peter Ossorio
+ Immigration Law - Alma Ramirez Camacho
+ Civil Rights Violations during Border Enforcement - Vicki Gaubeca
+ Impact on Crime Victims (Including DV) - Madeline Gillette
+ Law Enforcement - Chief Richard Williams, Las Cruces Police Dept.

2 - 2:30 p.m. Economics Related to Immigrants
U.S. Requires Workers and Migrant Contributions to the Economy - Dr. Neil Harvey

2:35 - 3:05 p.m. Ethics Involving Immigrants
Wayne Hawkins, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, Rabbi Paul Citrin

3:10 - 3:40 p.m. Myths/Beliefs/Testimonials
Veronica Carmona and Alma Maquitico

Questions and Answers

Closing Remarks
Delano Lewis, Dean, Int'l & Border Programs, New Mexico State University

The 1 - 4 p.m. forum will be televised live on CLC-TV, Comcast cable channel 20 and video streamed live on the internet at