The League of Women Voters of Dare invites members and the general public to a program on a very timely topic: “Immigration on the Outer Banks”. We are fortunate to have representatives of Mano al Hermano (Hand to Brother), a local non-profit organization serving the Latino community present this program. The panel discussion will focus on national policy regarding immigration and how it may affect our community.
All are welcome to attend on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7 pm, at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall Meeting Room.
Guest speakers include:
- Ama Frimpong, Co-Director Mano al Hermano, will present an attorney’s perspective on issues affecting immigrants, including how immigrants enter the country, how they can become documented, and the process of integrating into American life.
- Carlos Babilonia, of Hatteras Realty, will provide an employer’s perspective including the need for hiring immigrants, and the obstacles in hiring them.
- Jessica Loose, Co-Director of Mano al Hermano, will present the perspective of an educator, discussing the immigrants’ desire to learn English and the need for more resources, as well as other obstacles to educating them in our schools.
- Kay Minis, Mano al Hermano Family Literacy Director, will describe observations as an educator and family advocate, as she has had years of experience working with the immigrant community. Kay will also address the role of Mano al Hermano and the Family Literacy Program in addressing the issues raised during the program.
This program is presented in support of the League of Woman Voters US position on Immigration as announced by the National Board in April 2008 which states: “ The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law… In transition to a reformed system, the League supports provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status.” In the 111th Congress, the League lobbied in support of the DREAM Act.