YSU Hosts Panel Discussion on Impact of Immigration Policy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – On Nov. 14, Youngstown State University will host a panel discussion on the impact national immigration policies have on local communities.

The panel, “Zero Tolerance: Policing immigrants and community response,” will be held 12:30 p.m. in Kilcawley Center.

Free and open to the public, panelists include Veronica Isabel Dahlberg, the founding executive director of Hispanic organizing and engagement group HOLA Ohio, and Pastor Manuel Lux of Iglesia Esperanza de Vida in Salem.

Both have worked with families affected by the June raid of the Fresh Mark Inc. meatpacking plant in Salem by U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement. In the raid, nearly 150 workers presumed to be undocumented immigrants were arrested.

Under the leadership of Dahlberg, the daughter of Mexican and Hungarian immigrants, HOLA Ohio has won the national Torchlight Prize for work empowering the Latino community and the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award from the state’s Commission on Latino Affairs.

The panel is sponsored by the departments of YSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Pictured: Federal officers lead workers out of the Fresh Mark plant in Salem in June.

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