Border security, immigration to be discused at forum

Staff Reporter

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Eastern is sponsoring a public forum to discuss issues of immigration policy and border security from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 25 in the Buzzard Hall Auditorium.

Arthur Turner, the deputy majority leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, Matthew Davies, deputy director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Chicago Field Office, and Hubertus Andrae, police commissioner of Munich, Germany, will be speaking at the forum.

Turner will offer viewpoints from the perspective of the state, Davies will speak from the perspective of the Federal government and Andrae will speak on behalf of his office, which is directly impacted by the current flow of immigration into the European Union, according to a press release.

Their remarks will be followed by responses from an Eastern-based panel consisting of Sace Elder, the chair of the history department, David Melton, technology professor and graduate coordinator of Eastern’s M.S. in technology and M.S. in talent development programs, and Mutombo A. Kabasele, assistant dean of Eastern’s International Students and Scholars, which oversees the university’s international student program initiatives.

An audience question-and-answer session will follow the forum along with a public reception with refreshments that will be in the foyer outside the auditorium.

The forum is free and open to the public and is organized by Eastern’s Public Policy Institute.

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