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Public Conversation: Immigration Policy In The Queen City

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A special two-hour Public Conversation about the Trump Administration’s new stand on immigration.  Who do his policies affect?  What is law enforcement’s role?  And we hear some personal stories as Mike Collins hosts a special edition of Charlotte Talks from McGlohon Theater in Uptown Charlotte. 

Part Two: Audience Q&A

America’s stand on immigrants and immigration seems to be changing by the minute.  The Trump administration is taking a harder stand and questions are swirling around which undocumented immigrants this new approach may impact. The immigrant community is in a state of high anxiety.  

In a special two-hour Public Conversation, we examine how these new policies differ from the old ones. We talk to law enforcement about their role in this and hear how their interactions with undocumented immigrants will change, and we hear the personal stories of those affected.

We also hear from audience members, when Mike Collins hosts a special edition of Charlotte Talks.

This special WFAE Public Conversation was broadcast live in front of an audience at McGlohon Theatre in uptown Charlotte on February 28, 2017. 


Tom Bullock, WFAE Reporter

Dr. Margaret Commins – Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Director of the International Studies Program at Queens University of Charlotte

Ron Woodard, Director of NC Listen

Sheriff Irwin Carmichael, Mecklenburg County Sheriff

Atenas Burrola, Director & Managing Attorney, Immigrant Integration Center, Latin American Coalition

Oliver Merino, Works at the Levine Museum of the New South, is a Board Member at the Latin American Coalition and member of Comunidad Colectiva, the group that organized “A Day Without Immigrants”

Rebecca Costas, ESL teacher at Myers Park High School

Elham Rabiei, immigration lawyer who is an Iranian Muslim 

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