Greater Lafayette forum tackles immigration

Apr 23, 2012

The Greater Lafayette community is taking a closer look at immigration laws.

A panel of experts spoke on the issue Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette at Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Adams, Director of Immigration Group, Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, says bringing the conversation to the forefront is a start in finding a resolution.

Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann says there needs to be compromise from both sides if any progress is going to be made.

He says there are no simple solutions to complex problems, such as immigration.

David Berry is the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Ivy Tech.

He says the recession is the key driving force behind the sensitivity surrounding the debate.

The United States Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the legality of Arizona’s immigration law later this week.

Part of the legislation includes allowing law enforcement officials to check the status of anyone who is pulled over or arrested and is suspected of being in the country illegally.