For Immediate Release April 17, 2013

VILLAGE SQUARE HOSTS FORUM ON IMMIGRATION REFORM
“Immigration and the American Melting Pot” examines national, state and human issues

(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – April 17, 2013 – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio now occupies the pivotal position in whether sweeping immigration reforms soon become law. Next Tuesday evening, Rubio’s General Counsel since taking office, Len Collins, will join a headliner panel at The Village Square’s Dinner at the Square program, “Immigration and the American Melting Pot,” to discuss proposed reforms and the human and policy dimensions of the immigration crisis. Collins left the position on Friday to return to Tallahassee to practice law at the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel.

Reform of the immigration system – considered on both sides of the aisle to be profoundly broken –represents a unique opportunity for cooperation on substantial legislation at a time when hyper-partisanship has made even the most routine acts of Congress impossible.

Joining Collins on the panel is State Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami) who chaired a series of 2011 immigration hearings and worked on a bill to tighten Florida’s immigration laws; Antonio Ginatta, advocacy director for the US Program at the international organization Human Rights Watch – specializing in the policy and legal issues that impact immigrants; and FSU President Emeritus and past American Bar Association president Sandy D’Alemberte.

D’Alemberte is currently representing “DREAMer” Jose Godinez-Samperio in his case before the Florida Supreme Court. High school valedictorian, Eagle Scout and FSU Law School graduate Godinez-Samperio was brought to America from Mexico at age nine by his parents; he is petitioning for the right to join the Florida Bar in order to practice law, a right currently denied him due to his undocumented immigrant status. A decision in the case is expected shortly.

“Immigration and the American Melting Pot” will be held on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, downtown. The program is the last in the Dinner at the Square 2012-13 season titled “E Pluribus Unum,” exploring issues that unite and divide us as Americans.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Jack Romberg of Temple Israel.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online to www.tothevillagesquare.org, call 590-6646 or email info@tothevillagesquare.org. A limited number of scholarship tickets are available.

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