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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Crowd of Over 1,100 Gather for 2017 Town Hall on Immigration

(Kansas City, MO)- Over 1,100 people gathered at the Manual Technical Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, February 4, 2017 to hear information regarding recent changes to the nation’s immigration and refugee policies at a town hall event hosted by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II. Heartfelt testimonials, were from given from two special guests; Robert Sagastume- a DREAMER/ DACA student, (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors),(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) who spoke about his struggles as an undocumented student and Kilindo R. Nalukuli- a refugee who gave insight into living in a refugee camp. The panel of experts included; Sara Baker, Missouri ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Rev. Rick Behrens, AIRR (Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation), Steve Weitkamp, JVS (Jewish Vocational Services), Alma Acosta, CHC (Congressional Hispanic Caucus), and Congressman Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois’ 4th District. The event was also live-streamed to further engage concerned constituents.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II speaking at Town Hall on Immigration, Feb. 4, 2017

Auditorium inside Manual Technical Career Center at Town Hall on Immigration. Maximum seating capacity, 600.

Over-flow room, which held 415 seats, featured three large screens for live web broadcast of Town Hall on Immigration.

The panel of experts included; Sara Baker, Missouri ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Rev. Rick Behrens, AIRR (Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation), Steve Weitkamp, JVS (Jewish Vocational Services), Alma Acosta, CHC (Congressional Hispanic Caucus), and Congressman Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois’ 4th District. The moderator for the event was Nick Haines of KCPT Public TV.

The moderator for the event was Nick Haines of KCPT Public TV.