Immigration in focus

Public policy issues affecting North Carolina immigrants, including making in-state tuition available for children of undocumented workers, will be the focus of luncheon this month.

The Crucial Conversations luncheon, “One North Carolina, In-State Tuition and Immigration,” will be held July 13 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Exploris museum in Raleigh and is sponsored by NC Policy Watch and El Pueblo, both in Raleigh.

“The dramatic increase in the immigrant population in North Carolina is forcing lawmakers to make some of the most important policy decisions in years,” says Chris Fitzsimon, director of NC Policy Watch, a program of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, publisher of the Philanthropy Journal.

The luncheon will address those pending decisions, as well as a federal immigration proposal introduced in Congress that could have “a dramatic effect on North Carolina,” Fitzsimon says.

Speakers include former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, Josh Bernstein of the National Immigration Law Center in Washington, D.C., and Andrea Bazan-Manson, executive director of El Pueblo, an advocacy group for the state’s Latino population.

Admission is $10, including a box lunch, and pre-registration is required.

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