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Libraries to host National Issues Forum discussions on immigration

The Pioneer Library System will join with several other Oklahoma libraries to present a National Issues Forums discussion series this fall on the topic “The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do?”

Local forums will take place:

  • 2-4pm Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Shawnee Public Library
  • 5:30-7:30pm Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Norman Public Library
  • 6-8pm Monday, Nov. 29 at the Purcell Public Library

Forums also are planned at libraries in Stillwater, Ada and Weatherford.

The National Issues Forum is “a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues,” according to the NIF website.

“We want to involve public libraries in National Issues Forums and to have an end report that will be presented in some way to the public or to elected officials,” said Anne Masters, director of the Pioneer Library System. “We hope that the end product will provide the hook that will engage and motivate participation.”

Contributors will discuss three possible approaches to the challenge of immigration:

1. America’s Changing Face: Is There Too Much Difference? – Immigration is a looming identity crisis for America and should be slowed to allow immigrants time to assimilate into American culture.

2. A Nation of Immigrants: Remembering America’s Heritage – Open immigration has been the backbone of America’s strength, and the country must remember to welcome newcomers despite the costs.

3. A Matter of Priorities: Putting Economic First – Immigrants strain the economy, and the country would benefit economically by restricting their numbers and seeing how their arrival affects those already here.

For more information on the National Issues Forums, go online to www.nifi.org.

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