President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators are calling for an overhaul of the nation’s controversial immigration system. We invited three experts from Washington state with very different perspectives on the issue to join us in an online conversation with readers.
The moderator will be veteran reporter Lornet Turnbull, who joined The Seattle Times in 2004 and has covered a variety of social issues, including immigration, demographics and same-sex marriage.
Ira Mehlman is national media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a national public interest organization that supports more controlled immigration and enforcement of current immigration laws.
Jorge L. Barón is executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families across Washington State.
Mike Gempler is executive director of the Washington Growers League in Yakima, an industry organization that provides services and advocates for growers on labor and employment issues.