Rep. Himes holds immigration forum at Norwalk Community College

Rep. Jim Himes held a forum in Norwalk Saturday to provide updates on the president's revised travel ban and other legislation impacting immigrants.



Rep. Himes was joined at the Norwalk Community College by a panel that included an immigration attorney and advocates for immigrant groups.



They spoke to a small crowd that included Merary Cardona, who is originally from Colombia. The 18-year resident of Norwalk said she plans to pass on information she gleaned from the forum to those in her community, especially those who don't speak English.



The panel touched on the uptick in immigration enforcement and stressed that police departments in Fairfield County are not acting as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



The revised travel ban, which targets six predominantly Muslim countries, was discussed and is set to go into effect Friday.



With the exception of a few comments, Rep. Himes kept politics out of the forum, with the panel focusing instead on how people may be affected.



"The need for information is critical and what makes it particularly challenging is things are changing so rapidly," said one panel member.



 


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