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Delta Debates Political Forum Series

"Building Doors or Walls: Immigration, the economy and public policy"

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 7 - 8:30pm
Delta College Lecture Theater (G160)

With immigration front and center of the 2016 presidential election, the Delta Debates Political Forum series is holding an event to inform the Delta community on the topic. “Building Doors or Walls: Immigration, the economy and public policy” will be held from 7-8:30pm Tuesday, November 3, in the Delta College Lecture Theater (G160).

A diverse panel of experts has been assembled to explore this issue from a variety of perspectives. The panel will include Bing Goei, director of the Office for New Americans; Ali Kahil, delta student; Victoria Arteaga, JD, International Affairs Center; and Tamyra Murray, founder of Michiganders for Immigration Control and Enforcement. The panel discussion will be moderated by sociology professor Colleen Wilson-Rood.

The lively panel discussion will explore the impact of immigration on the economy; immigration policy proposals such as a path to citizenship and a wall along the Mexican-American border; President Obama’s executive action on immigration; and how changing demographics are impacting the American political landscape.

Lisa Lawrason, political science professor and chair of the Delta Debates Political Forum Committee, said the immigration forum provides a unique opportunity for diverse perspectives to engage in a civil dialogue, rather than talking past each other, as is common in today’s political environment.

“The purpose of these political forums is first to inform, but also to engage the public in a civil dialogue on pressing issues affecting our community,” said Lisa Lawrason, chair of the Delta Debates Political Forum Series.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Lawrason, 989-686-9509 or

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