Longview forum examines immigration bill

Longview forum examines immigration bill
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 10:14am

Members of Longview’s tea party group questioned national immigration legislation Tuesday at a public forum that drew voices from both sides of the contentious issue.

The Longview forum, held by the local chapter of the nonprofit group Organizing for Action, which supports President Barack Obama’s agenda, included about an hour-long panel with East Texas religious, business and legal leaders and then opened the floor for a question and answer session.

“We like to work with different groups on different issues, and immigration reform is a really good example of an area where you can work with a diverse number of groups that transcend political boundaries, faith boundaries, social boundaries, demographic boundaries, the works,” said Vik Verma, the regional leader for Organizing for Action, in opening the forum.

Longview-based immigration attorney Jose Sanchez led the discussion, beginning with an examination of the legislation, Senate Bill 744, which passed the U.S. Senate with bi-partisan support and is headed to the Republican-controlled House.

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