2006-06-18 Holland Sentinel "Forum looks at immigration legislation"

Forum looks at immigration legislation
The Holland Sentinel

Immigration reform remains a hot topic in the Holland area, as well as across the nation.

Two different bills, one in the U.S. House and another in the Senate, attempt to tackle the issue.

To address the confusion concerning the bills, area agencies plan to hold an educational immigration forum, Understanding the New Immigration Bills, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of St. Francis de Sales Church, corner of 13th Street and Maple Avenue.

Panelists will provide information on the immigration bills. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Gail Harrison, executive director of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, said there is confusion about the legislation.

"People need to be educated on the bills," she said. "That's what we want to do, give them a non-biased education."

There will be child care providers for children 5 years and younger. Also, there will be headsets for translation from English to Spanish.

Tino Reyes, Latin Americans United for Progress executive director, said the issue is still hot and people want to know what's going on. He said everyone wants to be informed on it.

"This isn't only an issue affecting Hispanics," Reyes said. "It's something that affects the whole community."

If you go

* Understanding the New Immigration Bills

* 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday

* St. Francis de Sales Church, corner of 13th Street and Maple Avenue