SEMINOLE – Immigration reform, one of today’s most hotly-debated issues, will be the focus of a forum Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 to 8:15 p.m., at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College.
“Immigration: Is the Melting Pot Boiling Over?” will kick off the fall season of The Village Square dinner series sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions. Media sponsors include the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU.
The program is planned as Congress grapples with competing views on how to deal with the problems associated with more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country.
A comprehensive reform bill passed the Democratically-controlled Senate in June by a wide margin, but the Republican-controlled House is reluctant to take up the Senate bill.
Many Republicans favor a piecemeal approach, first securing the nation’s borders, then addressing the problem of how to deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants already here.
A distinguished panel will discuss the pros and cons of the two approaches to resolving the debate. They include:
• Tim Curtis, chairman of the Tampa 912 Project, representing the anti-immigration point of view
• Edwin Enciso, coordinator for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now, based in Tampa, representing the pro-immigration point of view
• Tara Newsom, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, St. Petersburg College.
The moderator will be Rob Lorei, news and public affairs director of WMNF radio and host of the weekly news review show on WEDU-TV “Florida This Week.”
The Village Square is a forum for non-partisan debate of key state and national issues. Past programs have focused on gun control, climate change, FCAT and testing, and American civil liberties.
Reservations for this dinner event are required by Friday, Sept. 13. They may be made online or by mail: Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL 33733. Admission is $25 for Village Square members and educators, $30 for guests and $20 for students.
For more information, please call the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at 394-6251.