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Lawmakers advance anti-immigrant bill; Come learn more at next week’s Policy Watch breakfast

In case you missed it, a North Carolina Senate committee advanced a positively Trump-like bill this week that would purport to cut off state funding to cities that are not in “compliance” (whatever that means) with state laws related to immigration. While the bill in question is so poorly drafted and illogical as to be almost certainly unconstitutional, the fact that it has not simply been dismissed out of hand by  lawmakers points out the dire situation that currently afflicts the immigration policy debate in our state.

At such a time, it’s critical that caring and thinking people empower themselves with the truth so that they can push back. Next Tuesday, April 18, NC Policy Watch will host a special Crucial Conversation breakfast, “Immigration policy in the era of Trump: Where do things stand in North Carolina? What is the reality ‘on the ground’? How can caring and thinking people speak out and push back?” at which a panel of experts will provide some of that kind of information. We hope you can join us — here are the details:

Immigration policy in the era of Trump: Where do things stand in North Carolina? What is the reality “on the ground”? How can caring and thinking people speak out and push back?

Register here

Come learn about this vital topic and the need for North Carolinians to speak up as we host a distinguished panel of experts:

Abdo Diya

Julie Linton

Raul Pinto

Dr. Diya Abdo – A first-generation Palestinian born and raised in Jordan, Diya Abdo is associate professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is the founder and director of Every Campus a Refuge, a Guilford College Center for Principled Problem Solving initiative which advocates for housing refugees on campus grounds and assisting them in resettlement. Diya’s teaching, research and scholarship focus on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms.

Dr. Julie Linton, M.D. – Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP, is an academic general pediatrician with a career devoted to community pediatrics, medical education, and advocacy. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. Linton works in the primary care setting and serves as the Advocacy Director for the Wake Forest Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Linton is Co-Chair of the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group and a member of the AAP Executive Committee for the Council on Community Pediatrics. She is a co-author of the AAP Immigrant Health Toolkit and two AAP policy statements: “Promoting Food Security for All Children” and “Promoting Food Security for All Children.” Dr. Linton co-founded and co-chairs the Forsyth County Refugee Health Collaborative.

Raul Pinto – Raul Pinto is one of North Carolina’s most knowledgeable, visible and important advocates on behalf of the rights of immigrants. He is also a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrants and Refugees Rights Project where he represents low-income individuals negotiating the immigration system. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Raul worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.

Don’t miss this very special event at this important moment.

When: Tuesday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. — breakfast will be available at 8:15 a.m.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a light breakfast

Register here

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com

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