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Immigration Issues Flare Up in Downtown Forum

YAKIMA, Wash. - Immigration issues have been a heated topic for discussion in our area.

The people of Yakima joined politicians, community activists and immigration experts, in a town hall meeting on Tuesday night, which will be aired on Thursday by the local public access television station.

It's hard to cover all the issues in just a couple of hours, but the town hall discussion covered issues such as the economic impact, the human impact and background information on the immigration debate.

A good-sized crowd filled the Seasons Performance Hall on North Naches Avenue. Most came to hear the speakers and voice their own opinions.

But for Sunnyside's Liz Lozano, it was a chance to hear about the agricultural impact on the valley that immigration is making.

"I know agriculture is really hurting from working not being here," she said. "Where I work actually we have a lot of that issue, so people are just trying to provide for their families."

Lozano made the half-hour trip up to Yakima for a class project about immigration that she's working on for Heritage University.

If you missed Tuesday night's event, just tune in to KYVE-TV on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.