4/13/2006 Houston-- Rice University is hosting a forum with political leaders and scholars to discuss one of the hottest social issues of the year—immigration—on Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center. Titled “USA Immigration: Truths and Myths,” the forum will seek to inform and shed light on the complicated issue of Hispanic immigration.

“It is imperative that the community at large be better informed on immigration issues and have an opportunity, in a nonpartisan setting, to participate in the formulation of future U.S. Immigration policy,” says Dr. Dorothy Caram, co-chair of the event. The panel will consist of four speakers: State Representative Rick Noriega, Attorney Monty Jacob, University of Houston sociologist Nestor Rodriguez, and University of Texas A&M sociologist Rogelio Saenz. Rice University professor Richard Tapia will be the moderator, and Attorney Adan Vega will coordinate the roundtable discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. The immigration forum is being sponsored by The Houston Hispanic Forum, Society of Latino Alumni of Rice (SOLAR), the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER), the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RHNA), and the Harris County Tejano Democrats.