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IMMIGRATION!  Law, Policy, Politics, and Myths

Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


 Immigration has been on the forefront of discussions for many years.  Attempts at immigration reform have been presented only to be smashed by conflicting ideologies.  The Walker Chapel Forum seeks to explore this issue in an open discussion of the laws, policy, politics and myths of where we are, who we are, and where we are going as a nation.  Our guide will be Martha Schoonover, an expert on immigration who advises clients nationwide on the successful navigation of our complex set of laws.  Martha was voted the immigration “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 and can help us unravel the mysteries of immigration law.  Martha will address some of the many immigration myths – such as “Illegal Immigrants take too many jobs”, “Refugees could be terrorists and harm the U.S.”, or “Too many Green Cards are handed out every year.” 

No discussion would be complete without addressing the numbers of workers without authorization and efforts to curb workers without documentation from working.  By 2015 the number of immigrants as a percentage of the U.S. population hit an all-time high of 13.5% as the sheer number of immigrants rose to 43 million.  Now we need to understand the process for a refugee to be admitted to the U.S.; an especially difficult issue both physically and morally.  

The discussion will also explore the background and outlook for immigration reform legislation in Congress and some of the specific areas of immigration law that such legislation may address.  Duane Musser, a trade association executive with many years of experience in working on immigration reform legislation, will discuss various legislative proposals now being considered in Congress and the role of immigrants in the U.S. economy.

All eyes are on what is happening right now.  Martha and Duane will talk about changes in law and policy under the Trump Administration, including new executive orders and actions that restrict immigration and rescinding executive actions and orders issued by the Obama Administration renegotiating NAFTA, which has visas attached to it, and legislation that has been proposed. They will then peer into the future and discuss legislation that likely will be proposed within the next few months. 

Immigration is serious, it is big, and it affects each one of our lives and the foundations upon which this country was built.  There are few other people-against-people topics that have such universal impact to so many hundreds of millions.  The question for us is do we understand the issues and do we have a personal action plan to engage in the discussion for the benefit of all. 


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