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Sennett Federated Church Plans Immigration Event

On Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m., Sennett Federated Church will host a discussion on immigration in America. The event will open with panelists sharing their story and how immigration policy affects their lives. Then we will open the gathering to your questions to help everyone better understand the reality and myths around the topic of immigration today.

Panelists include:  Fabiola Ortiz Valdez, who immigrated to the USA and now serves as the Manager of Member Engagement for the New York Immigration Coalition; Elizabeth, a current DACA recipient and member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York; and Arely, a member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York and the wife of an activist and organizer who has been detained by ICE.

Ms. Ortiz Valdez commented, “In light of the current attacks to our communities, now more than ever is important to know that many of our immigrant brothers and sisters in the U.S. are being torn away from their families.”

The goal of the event is not to take a particular side or recommend a specific course of action but to provide facts and information so people can understand how this issue affects them and what immigration policy means to those who are most affected by the decisions of our political leadership. All questions are welcome as long as everyone remains respectful of the other people in attendance.

Rev. Dr. George Huffsmith, pastor of the Sennett Federated Church, said, “It has been my experience that understanding comes best when there is dialogue and a personal relationship with people most affected by the topic of discussion.”  This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the church at 7777 Weedsport-Sennett Road (at the corner of Turnpike Road) in Auburn, New York.

Sennett Federated Church has a history dating back to 1799 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and the Presbyterian Church USA. The church holds services each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. For more information, you can contact the church at 315-252-4936