Local Perspectives on Immigration Reform
Since the 19th century, economic opportunity attracted large numbers of immigrants to Northeast Ohio. While many immigrants found work in the factories of Cuyahoga County, the fertile and sandy soil found on the southern shores of Lake Erie have beckoned laborers to the nursery industry since the 1830s.
While Congress debates immigration reform in Washington, D.C., the issue continues to affect lives right here in Northeast Ohio. In an effort to understand the impact that immigrants have on our community, students in Honors PSL interviewed several local leaders to capture their perspective on the issue. Their findings are published here in hopes that these diverse perspectives will help to inform current and future leaders as they work toward meaningful immigration reform.
The Honorable Sherrod Brown
Senator, U.S. Senate
"Working for Immigration Reform that Will Strengthen Our Country"
By Leigh Stavar, '18
Retired Nursery Owner
"We are a nation of immigrants
By Cassandra Warfield, '18
Pastor, Forest Hill
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
"We Must Take Care of Each Other:
Local Pastor Protects Immigrant Facing Deportation"
By Tia Gillespie, '18
Program Manager, United States Committee on Refugees and Immigrants
"Refugees Work Hard and Make Fantastic Citizens"
By Toni Kirk, '18
Member, Islamic Center of Cleveland
"Local Muslims Confront Travel Ban with Humility and Grace"
By Eric Carlon, '18
Dr. Jack Thompson
Superintendent, Perry Local Schools
"The Importance of Equal
By Kirk Hodkinson, '18