Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement and community partner Long Island Wins are sponsoring a day-long summit that will examine President Obama’s administrative relief program on immigration and what this policy means for Long Island. It will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, from 9:45 AM to 2 PM in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.
The President’s administrative relief program proposes to protect as many as five million undocumented immigrants who live and work in the United States – and possibly up to 70,000 on Long Island – from deportation.
“Long Island at a Turning Point – It’s Everyone’s Opportunity” features seven interactive sessions led by experts, policy makers, advocates, and regional leaders who will focus on key areas affecting immigrants on Long Island including healthcare, education, the economy, local governance, and immigration law.
“These discussions are particularly relevant in light of the February 17 ruling by a Texas federal judge opposing the President’s executive action,” said summit co-director Michael D’Innocenzo, professor of history and a founding member of the Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra. “This is an important opportunity to understand both the benefits and challenges of how this relief program will deeply affect Long Island, where demographics have been changing dramatically.”
“We want to help define the future direction of immigrant inclusion and integration by building strategies that make the most of our region’s diversity,” added Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, summit co-director and executive director of Long Island Wins, a nonprofit that advocates for immigration reform in the region.
The summit sessions, which are free and open to the public with advance registration, will be preceded by a private breakfast reception featuring Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. An immigrant from Limerick, Ireland, Dowling will discuss how President Obama’s relief program will help create a more robust and sustainable Long Island.