Dingell to deliver keynote address at immigration reform panel discussion at University of Michigan
The Washtenaw County chapter of Organizing For Action is hosting an immigration reform panel discussion tonight, Aug. 28, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the event, which also features local and state lawmakers and immigration reform activists.
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Organizers said it's free and open to the public.
Panelists include state Reps. Jeff Irwin and Rashida Tlaib, Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi, tuition equality advocate Javier Contreras, and Ola Kaso, a University of Michigan student who was featured in the documentary "The Dream is Now."
Panelists are expected to share steps community members can take to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
"Specifically what we hope to see is comprehensive reform that cracks down on employers who hire undocumented workers, creates a path to earned citizenship and streamlines our legal immigration system," said Andrew Bronstein, chairman of OFA Washtenaw.
"It's a really important issue to our group," he added. "There are a lot of members of our group who are immigrants. We all agree immigration has defined and enriched the American experience."
The mission of OFA is to support President Barack Obama's agenda throughout the nation. OFA in Washtenaw County advocates for reforms on both the state and national level on issues ranging from immigration to gun control to climate change, health care and women's rights.
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