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Ortega Featured at Speakers Forum
The college Speakers Forum provides the campus community engaging speakers.For the 2012-13 academic year, Dawna Kremin, Bruce Thomas, Jeff Hynes and Ernesto Escobedo serve on this GCC committee.On Sept. 14, the Speakers Forum featured Daniel Ortega Jr., a prominent Phoenix attorney, who shared his insights into immigration and the DREAM Act.
“The immigration system is broken,” said Ortega. “Since Congress has not passed comprehensive immigration reform, the State of Arizona and other states have enacted laws to control immigration—a federal mandate."
The Speakers Forum committee encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and come to their own views based on the reasoning and facts presented by those who come to campus to express their views.
GCC student, Alicia Navejar said, “Mr. Ortega was definitely very prepared for his presentation on immigration laws.I strongly feel that he is very much involved because it’s a personal issue and he wants to help the immigrants regardless of where they come from.”
Another student, Beverly Graves, noted, “My impression of the lecture was that it was interesting and explained why people immigrate and the fairness of mankind.It is important to understand the rationale for our immigration law and how it affects people.”
Students also expressed surprised to see themselves featured on a news story aired by Channel 3 who covered the speech along with other Valley media.
The Speakers Forum committee hopes that students develop an awareness of immigration as evolving public policy. Every student should observe how elected officials deal with this vexing national issue. – submitted by Ernesto Escobedo, mathematics
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