LACC Director speaks at WLRN/Herald Immigration Town Hall on "dark abyss" of detention facilities

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While much of the debate over immigration policy has focused on the southern U.S.- Mexico border, in South Florida the detention centers hold thousands of migrant children in what is decribed as 'prison-like' conditions. There have also been significant changes in immigration policy regarding Cuba and potential changes to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Hondurans, and other groups.

On Monday night, WLRN's Sundial and Miami Herald presented a community town hall conversation about immigration featuring a panel of journalists, policy experts and advocates. Panelists: Tim Padgett, WLRN's America's Editor; Miami Herald immigration and enterprise reporter Monique O. Madan; Frank Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Florida International University; Marliene Bastien, executive director of Family Action Network Movement; and Adonia Simpson, Family Defense program director for Americans for Immigrant Justice.

To listen to the program or read an excerpt, visit