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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:54 PM
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Congressional Black Caucus Hosts Forum on Immigration Reform
in Black America at Howard University

Students, Advocacy Groups to Join the Conversation Online via Social Media
Rep. Steven Horsford
Rep. Yvette Clarke
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013) – The Congressional Black Caucus’s Taskforce on Immigration Reform will host a forum on the impact of Immigration Reform on Black America at Howard University on Tuesday, April 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Though there are more than three million immigrants of African descent living in America, the immigration reform debate rarely includes the unique experiences and challenges facing black immigrants. There are also assumptions about the impact immigration reform will have on African Americans, which have led to tensions in communities and on college campuses.

In a conversation led by CBC Taskforce on Immigration Reform Co-Chairs Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, and Rep. Steven Horsford, D-NV, the Immigration Reform in Black America forum at Howard University will allow for open discussion on these issues.

Members of the public can tune in to the conversation and ask questions during the Immigration Reform in Black America Forum by visiting the Congressional Black Caucus’s Facebook page ( and by tweeting questions on Twitter to @OfficialCBC, #CBCtalks.

Who:  Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), CBC Taskforce on Immigration Reform
           Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), CBC Taskforce on Immigration Reform
           Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04), CBC Taskforce on Immigration Reform
           Dr. Greg Carr, Ph.D., Afro-American Studies Professor, Howard University

What: Immigration Reform in Black America Forum
            A candid conversation on the impact of comprehensive immigration reform on individuals within the African Diaspora to America.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
             7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET

Where: Howard University         
               School of Business Auditorium
               2600 Sixth Street, NW
               Washington, DC 20059
               Twitter:, #CBCTalks

For CBC related questions and interviews, please contact Ayofemi Kirby, CBC Communications Director at


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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