New Group Organizes for Immigration Reform, Pasco Forum Set

A panel discussion is planned Friday evening in Pasco to launch a coalition to bring immigration reform to the forefront of legislative priorities.

Business leaders, community advocates, immigrant entrepreneurs and others are starting Washington Coalition. is a nationwide group organized in 2013 by leaders in the technology community.

The event is being held in partnership with the Dreamers Club of Washington State University Tri-Cities.

It will be 5 to 8 p.m. at the Educational Service District 123 Cascade Room, 3924 W. Court St., Pasco.

Organizers say the panel discussion will include Roberto Dondisch, the head consul of Mexico in Seattle; interim Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher; Mike Gempler, executive director of Washington Growers League; commissioners David Morales and Brian Moreno, of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs; and others, including five students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

By ANNETTE CARY for Tri City Herald
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