Las Cruces Immigration Forum Thursday

Las Cruces – Two public forums on immigration reform and related issues sponsored by Las Cruces City Council Member Olga Pedroza, Dist. 3, 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 Council Member 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

According to forum organizer, City Member Olga Pedroza, Dist. 3, "The forums are intended to help engage public interest and input on immigration related issues. It's crucial that being so close to the Mexican border, we educate ourselves about how we as a nation interact with our neighbors to the south both on political and humanitarian levels."

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