Veronica Castro stands with her daughter, Jennifer, in the entrance of their home in Phoenix in May. The mother was planning to return to Mexico with her four children after her husband, an undocumented worker, was deported.
“What Do You Really Know About Immigration” is the topic of a panel discussion to be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Henry Church in Gresham.
Speakers will offer a timeline of immigration to America, an overview of immigration law and the newly implemented process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the plight of refuges from countries other than Central and South America and how the faith community is enriched by the presence and contributions of immigrants. Speakers include Beth Poteet, coordinator of the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement; Sarah McClain, an attorney and director of legal services for Catholic Charities; Cecilia Baricevic, refugee resettlement program manager for Catholic Charities; and Matt Cato, director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Portland.
Members of the audience will be invited to share their own family’s immigration story. All are welcome to attend the panel sponsored by the Justice and Peace Committee at St. Henry Parish. The free event will be held in the McMahon Room, across from the church, 346 NW First Street in Gresham. For additional information call 503-665-9129.