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Beyond the Wall: The State of Immigration Reform

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On Thursday, March 8th, we attended a City Club Youth Forum Council program entitled "Beyond the Wall: The State of Immigration Reform" which consisted of a discussion moderated by Miss Isha Lee, City Club Youth Forum Council Secretary, in which the panelists (all of them excellent) were

Mr. Francis Fungsang, Esq., a Partner at "Margaret W. Wong & Associates" who discussed immigration issues like DACA and Temporary Protected Status from a legalistic point-of-view as well as that of a concerned person.

Mr. Rob Frost, the Chairperson of the Cuyahoga Republican Party, who articulated President Trump's proposed immigration reforms (including moving toward a merit-based entry system) very effectively.

Ms. Chrissy Stonebreaker-Martinez, Co-Coordinator of the IRTF who presented the humanitarian point-of-view on behalf of immigrants and refugees based on her personal knowledge of the in's and out's of the U.S. Immigration system as well as what she has witnessed in the course of spending countless hours in Central America  and Columbia where she was/is engaged in socially conscious projects.

The only other thing that we are going to say about the program itself is that all three panelists convinced us that they believed that the positions that they were advocating for would help the most people in the long run.

We urge our readers to go to https://www.cityclub.org/archives and watch the program in its entirety in order to learn and make up their own minds.

While we were there at the City Club we talked to:

***Ms. Rita Stanton, a retiree who does indeed learn from attending City Club programs and is very concerned about the current political climate in the U.S.

***Students from "Hathaway Brown School" who are taking a "Global Scholars" class in which immigration issues (i.e. DACA) are frequently discussed. We also met Mr. Joe Vogel who actually teaches the class.

***Mr. Damien Johnson, a teacher of government at "MC2 STEM High School" who expressed what we have been thinking for a long time about our current situation pertaining to immigration matters when he said, "hopefully we can come up with some solutions instead of continuing to kick a can down the road!"

 

Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC