A panel discussion on immigration will invite guests to go behind the headlines this Friday, March 15, in Newport, offering input from a cross-section of community leaders.

The discussion will explore how Lincoln County is impacted by the current national dialogue on immigration, as well as what kind of economic, societal and public safety effects immigration brings to the area.

The panel includes Pastor Bob Barrett of Yachats Community Presbyterian Church. Barrett just returned from a trip to the Mexican Border and will share some of his experiences and observations.

Katie Moss is an activist and volunteer from Yamhill County. Last summer she found herself in the center of a human rights crisis with immigrants being held at the local federal prison, co-housed with criminals and violent offenders.

Sheriff Curtis Landers has been with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years, during which time he has served as records clerk, corrections deputy, patrol deputy, patrol supervisor and administrative lieutenant. He has served as sheriff since June 2016.

Pastor Angel Torres is an associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Newport and is in charge of the Hispanic ministry, working closely with immigrants. Torres earned his bachelor’s degree in theology at Bible college in Texas and spent 15 years pastoring in Spain before moving to Newport five years ago.

The panel discussion will start at 6:30 pm, followed by an open discussion period with audience participation in the community room at Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way.

This event is sponsored by KYAQ Community Radio Station, National Organization of Women NOW, and the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church.

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