Discussion of undocumented immigrants coming to New Britain church

Published on Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:35
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Area Interfaith Conference will present a program on undocumented immigrants on March 25 at 7 p.m.

The program will take place at First Lutheran Church, at 77 Franklin Square.

NEWBAIC’s president, Stephen Varga, said that the goal of the program is to understand how local faith communities address the issue of undocumented immigration.

“We thought that, because of undocumented immigration particularly being such an issue, that it would be appropriate to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths - Muslims, Christians and Jews - just to talk from their perspective of what their faith teaches about how to deal with a stranger among us, in this case the undocumented immigrant,” Varga said.

The program will also address the issue from the legal perspective. Dana Bucin, a lawyer from Murtha Cullina LLP, will give a presentation about the legal perspective of undocumented immigrants.

“Even if you are undocumented, there are grounds for you to remain in the United States that can be litigated in immigration courts and they can’t prevail so just because somebody is undocumented doesn’t mean that they are automatically a criminal,” Varga said.

The event will also have somebody who will speak about it statistically and will share with the group where the undocumented immigrants in Connecticut are and where they come from among other statistics.

“As part of that we’ll also have some folks that are affected as far as relatives or themselves being in the immigration court system,” Varga said.

According to Varga, the event will be the first time NEWBAIC will be holding a speaking program about undocumented immigration.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. There will be an opportunity to for the public to share their thoughts on the subject with rest of the group in a round table type of setting.

Laura Westby, pastor at Kensington Congregational Church, will be at the event representing the Christian voice. Deena Grant, associate professor of Jewish studies at Hartford Seminary, will represent the Jewish voice and Tark Aouady, executive director of the Connecticut Council of American-Islamic Relations will also take part in the event.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:35. Updated: Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:37.