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Immigration forum Saturday in Hollister

LULAC to host forum with Congressman Jimmy Panetta expected to attend
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The San Benito County League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will partner with Congressman Jimmy Panetta on an immigration forum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Hollister Community Center, 300 West St.

Hollister City Councilwoman Mickie Luna, who has long been involved with LULAC, said Panetta "will be present to hear testimony from various immigrant families on their views of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and our local communities."

Luna said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who serves on the house Judiciary Committee on border security, has been invited as well.

​The meeting comes after ICE recently relocated some resources, including an enforcement and removal operations sub-office, from San Jose to Morgan Hill, according to a report by KION.

Officers at the office "are tasked with identifying, arresting and removing people who enter the country illegally, including those who post a threat to national security or are a risk to public safety," according to the report, which notes that the office will oversee operations that span from Bakersfield to the Oregon border and across the ocean from Hawaii to Saipan and Guam.

ICE officials told KION that the facility is not, and will not become, a detention center.

Luna asked on Facebook on Jan. 23 "where are the Latino voices on this?" referring to the opening of the ICE office and the White House's removal of "Spanish language context" from its website. "Apparently no action from the Gilroy-Morgan Hill area residents," she said, adding, "WAKE UP PEOPLE! "

BenitoLink Staff