Immigration forum draws crowd
Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011
More than 50 people turned out for last night's forum on U.S. Immigration: Past and Present at the downtown library.
With League members making up only half of the crowd, which also included recent immigrants, the forum was an unqualified success. A timely, if controversial, topic combined with excellent speakers ranging from an OSU professor and local immigration attorney to staff members of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS).
Following presentations from professor Tony Mughan on the history of immigration, Lisa Curley and Cheryl Gallegos of CIS on the process for becoming a citizen, and Joe L. Mas on the subject of undocumented immigrants, attendees broke down into small facilitated groups to discuss the issues further.
The League was joined in presenting the forum by the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Council on Public Deliberation. The downtown location and the after-work time slot, coupled with snacks made by the planning committee, made for an accessible, enjoyable evening.
The Educational Events Committee, chaired by Dave Patton (who emceed the forum), includes Bob Brown, Anne Light Hoke, Helena Schlam, and Jane Young.