University of Utah to host public forum on immigration reform

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 1:56 p.m. MDT

The University of Utah's John R. Park Debate Society will host a public forum addressing citizenship and immigration reform, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., in the College of Social Work auditorium.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society will host a public forum addressing citizenship and immigration reform on Oct. 2, 7 p.m., in the College of Social Work auditorium.

Titled “Life Divided: The National Debate Over Immigration Reform,” the event will include guests who have been active participants in statewide and national debates about the issue. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the university’s My Utah Signature Experience project, the forum includes Tony Yapias of Proyecto Latino de Utah, Robert Wren of Utahns for Immigration Reform and Enforcement, Jean Hill of Salt Lake Catholic Diocese, and Arturo Morales-Llan of Legal Immigrants for Immigration Law Enforcement.

The debate will focus on Rep. Chris Stewart’s proposal for legal status for undocumented immigrants, which would allow them to live in the United States without imprisonment or deportation after appropriate penalties. However, the proposal would not allow these same individuals a special pathway to citizenship.

In addition, the debate society will conduct a demonstration debate on the topic titled “Resolved: The United States Federal Government Should Pass Rep. Chris Stewart’s Legal Status Proposal for Undocumented Immigrants Living in the US.”

The John R. Park Debate Society at the U. is an intercollegiate competitive debate team.

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