The issue of immigration is much like a tunnel which has no end. It continues on and on, taking new turns with each new legislative action and election.
To help narrow down the issues and help bring the topic into focus, Spectrum Networks produced a new documentary, "Immigration in America." As its companion, Bay News 9 and News 13 collaboratively produced a LIVE town hall event to follow the documentary on Wednesday, May 24.
Immigration in America: Town Hall was broadcast in front of a live audience from the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland.
As part of the event, we have invited a group of panelists to help discuss the topic and the issues it presents from several different angles. They took questions from the audience, video questions, and questions from people on Twitter using the hashtag #ImmigrationFL.
Kenneth Parker, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association
In addition to his responsibilities with FSGA, Kenneth Parker oversees the Florida Strawberry Patent Service Corp. and the Florida Strawberry Research and Education Foundation. He's also responsible for focusing on every part of the industry, including the migrant workforce and how it operates.
Alison Foley, Foley Immigration Law attorney
Alison Foley began her career in immigration law because she wanted to fight injustice and a broken system. She attended Roger Williams University School of Law. Her credentials include working with Progreso Latino and serving as the legal director of an immigration program at Catholic School Services. She continues to be politically active and volunteers for several local programs.
Lourdes Villanueva, Redland's Christian Migrant Association
Lourdes Villanueva works with Redland's Christian Migrant Association. The organization seeks to bring education and technology to child and adult migrants. Areas in which they focus include literacy, primary and secondary education. There are more than 75 centers in 20 Florida counties.