Immigration policy to be debated

Allen Hines

The Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education will host the National Issues Forum “The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do?” at 2 p.m. today in Room 306 of the Student Center.

Forum participants will discuss immigration from three approaches. The first sees immigration creating an identity crisis that threatens the ties that hold the United States together. The second stresses immigrants’ ability to give back more than they take from society. The third viewpoint argues that immigration creates a burden on the economy.

Three groups will discuss one of these topics, each led by a facilitator. One of the discussions may be conducted in Spanish.

Lawyers, Homeland Security officials and others close to the issue have been invited to join the discussion.

Participants in the National Issues Forum will be asked to fill out a questionnaire after debating. The Kettering Foundation reports the outcomes of the surveys to help shape public policy.

Also as part of the Read Distinguished Lecture Series, China Blue, a movie about workers in a blue jeans factory and globalization, will be shown in the Kiva at 7 p.m.

Allen Hines