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Penn State law hosts 'Teach-In' on immigrants' rights

State College Borough Council teamed up with Penn State Thursday to host a "Teach-in" on immigrants rights, which has been a major concern for many following the election. Local officials want to make their stance clear. (WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE -- State College Borough Council teamed up with Penn State Thursday to host a "Teach-in" on immigrants rights, which has been a major concern for many following the election.

Local officials want to make their stance clear.

The said everyone in the community is welcome, and that's never going to change.

Centre County Mayor Elizabeth Goreham was one of the speakers at the event.

"Our policy is expressed in order to show our community that we are especially interested in making sure that everyone feels protected," she said. "We want everyone to have the services of our town at their disposal."

Shoba Wadhia, the director of the Center for Immigrants Rights, led Thursday's meeting, addressing the audience's concerns.

"We are addressing a range of immigration issues that have come to front stage after the election, such as, can the president change the law? How quickly can we change the law?" Wadhia said.

Just this Monday, the Borough Council passed a resolution declaring immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility and local officials should never be involved.

"We have always addressed this issue, we thought it was always understood," Goreham said. "But now more than ever, we feel it's important to reassure the community."

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