Northwest Ohio Immigration Forum
Thursday, September 13, 2012
On Thursday, September 13, 2012, the Northwest Ohio Immigration Forum will take place at the Believe Center (formerly the Aurora González Center) located at the Anthony Wayne Trail and South Avenue in Toledo, Ohio from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Forum will illustrate the devastating impact current policies are having on families and local industry, in particular agriculture. The Morton Memos of 2011 and President Barack Obama’s Executive Order (of June 15, 2012) on deferred action for childhood arrivals will be discussed followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.
Local and regional law enforcement officials as well as local and state elected officials will be asked to participate in a live Q&A session to provide updates regarding the most current laws impacting immigration as well as addressing misinformation. Live testimonials from area residents and businesses will be shared.
Baldemar Velásquez, president & founder of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC); Isabel Framer, president & CEO of Language Access Consultants; Mark Heller, managing partner at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE); and Veronica Dahlberg, executive director of HOLA (Hispanas Organizadas de Lake y Ashtabula) will serve as the subject matter experts.
John Morton, director of ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement), issued several memos in 2011 relative to exercising prosecutorial discretion with the civil immigration enforcement priorities of ICE for the apprehension, detention, and removal of undocumented immigrants and listing areas of importance in determining who should be apprehended and deported.
Baldemar Velásquez who represents the area’s migrant workers, indicated that: “In this time of national controversy, it is imperative that clear and honest facts be presented and bridge understanding with law enforcement agencies. Serious crime solving requires a trusting and cooperative population which is undermined when errant profiling occurs.”
President Barack Obama set for the Deferred Action Program for DREAMers (childhood arrivals) which outlines a deferred 2-year action. This is a temporary immigration status valid for two years affecting undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children (before the age of 16) and who meet a variety of eligibility requirements.
The forum is free and open to the public. A reception takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. with remarks and the Q&A session beginning promptly at 6 p.m.
Participating organizations include FLOC, the Latino Alliance of Northwest Ohio, ABLE, La Prensa, Campaign for Migrant Farmworker Justice, Jobs With Justice, the ACLU, The Central Labor Council of Lucas County, Ironworkers Local 55, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and others.