Mason Project on Immigration Sponsors Forum on Immigrant Issue and the Election

Posted: October 30, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Mason Project on Immigration will present “On the Eve of the Election: The Immigrant Issue and the Challenge to Virginia’s Communities” on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

The question of immigration policy has become a hot-button issue that has polarized many communities across the nation, including many counties and municipalities that have sought to adopt restrictive policies toward undocumented or illegal immigrant groups. As Virginia’s election draws near, Mason’s Project on Immigration, part of the Center for Social Science Research, has decided to host a forum for a reasoned, informed discussion of immigration and the challenge it poses to Virginia’s communities.

Scheduled speakers are

  • Rev. Stephen Smith-Cobbs, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, Va., and affiliate of Project Hope and Harmony

  • Maria Teresa Petersen, founding executive director of Voto Latino, a youth organization seeking to galvanize the fastest growing eligible voting block in America

  • Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, the principal and chief strategist of CG2 Consulting, a firm that provides strategic legislative services and public policy advice and is currently representing nonprofit groups before the Virginia General Assembly, including the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations

For more information on this and other Mason Project on Immigration events, visit the web site.

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