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PREVIEW: Immigration, Front and Center at Civility Roundtable Thursday

Powerful voices will come to Mountain View to discuss immigration reform and how it affects the city and region.

Join the live blog Thursday, Mar. 22 at 6:30 p.m.: http://patch.com/A-rLwR (link goes live at 6 p.m.). Follow on Twitter: #CivilityMV

If social security is the third-rail of politics, immigration reform might be the fourth.

Mountain View Patch has written about the legal immigration processes when we highlighted the who would like to remain in the country after their work visas expires. That article received 63 comments and we had to close the thread because some of the opinions bordered on hate.

We've written about the issues faced by undocumented immigrants who after years in the country, sometimes trying to legalize their status, from the children or who face and turn to law enforcement for help. Some of the comments on these articles critiqued decisions of law enforcement.

There's also the case of that help maintain the homes of many in Silicon Valley.

Then we have the DREAM Act children, kids brought to the United States at a young age by their parents and who have lived without legal papers in the country. They, like in the case of Jose Antonio Vargas, realized that their undocumented status or, like in the , also faced possible deportation too. Again, people wondered why any exception should be made to these individuals when others want to migrate to the United States through legal processes.

This Thursday, Mar. 22 from 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the there will be a free open forum, a Civility Roundtable, hosted by the Human Relations Commission about .

The speaker participants include:

  • Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County’s District Attorney
  • Maria Marroquin, Executive Director of the Day Worker Center
  • Oscar Garcia, CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Barich, former US Congressional District 15 Candidate, and Conservative
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and founder of Define American

The civility roundtable is an interactive discussion and not a lecture. The first one, held in October, centered .

Tomorrow Patch will live blog the event, which allows you to sit back at home and participate online. We'll write up what's happening, upload photos, put up polls, and engage you, the public, through the blog and on Twitter (use hashtag #CivilityMV). Join the conversation! 

The live blog will go live at 6:30 p.m.

Buzz Mills March 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM
we are building our case argument against illegal immigration, if you have anything to add: what is it going to take? http://bit.ly/GFxhUJ
Denise d'Entremont March 22, 2012 at 01:44 AM
It would be illegal if we went to another country so what's the difference? Illegal is illegal.
Tim March 22, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Apparently "illegal" is no longer "illegal" according to Patch and other left wing hack media outlets. It's simply "undocumented" like "oops, I left my ID at home." What a freaking joke.
Mark Jason March 22, 2012 at 05:44 AM
“Getting in line to pay taxes on a road to citizenship” is a seven second sound bite and terrible policy. Nine million illegal workers already pay taxes with phony I.D. The other 2 million receive no W2 forms and are not realistically taxable.

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