Multi-sector panel focuses on immigration policy

Forum to consider challenges, possible solutions


A multi-sector panel will focus on U.S. immigration policies Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Washington University in St. Louis

U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., will serve as keynote speaker for the forum, titled “A Nation of Immigrants: Reflecting on Challenges and Potential Solutions.”

To foster dialogue and cooperation, representatives of both political parties — as well as those who advocate for immigrants’ rights and those with experience in enforcement agencies — will participate. KMOX radio talk show host Charlie Brennan will moderate.

The event is set for 2 p.m. in Room 110, January Hall, on the university’s Danforth Campus.

Each of the panelists will introduce a different aspect of immigration, followed by a brief discussion and open dialogue among the audience and other speakers.

The panelists and areas of discussion are:

  • “Legal Residency Documents & Notice to Appear Explained,” Charles Pratt, community relations coordinator, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Kansas City Field Office;
  • “Foreign Investor Visas & Former INS Perspective,” Gene McNary, former commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service;
  • “State vs. Federal: Struggle for Power & Legal Implications,” Ken Schmitt, attorney and chairman, American Immigration Lawyers Association, MO-Kansas Chapter;
  • “Successful Assimilation: From Migration to Integration,” Anna Crosslin, CEO and president, International Institute of St. Louis;
  • “Overcoming Minority Health Care Disparities,” Katherine Matthews, MD, director of clinical services, Casa de Salud; and
  • “Community Cohesion,” Bob Fox, board chairman, Casa de Salud.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students, the Social Justice Center and Student Union at Washington University.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. RSVP to or (314) 383-5240.

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