Storm Lake will host officials from the State of Iowa's Division of Latino Affairs later this month for a public hearing on Latino and Hispanic issues in Storm Lake and throughout the state.
The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, and is open to anyone interested in attending. State officials hope to learn more about the pros and cons about immigration in Storm Lake, and hope to be able to share that information with other communities across the state facing similar issues.
Director of the Division of Latino Affairs, Elizabeth Salinas-Newby, who visited Storm Lake at a Diversity Supper in February, said Storm Lake is an ideal place for the meeting.
"The community leaders have shown a great deal of interest and have made a very intentional and conscientious effort to learn as much as they can and also work with those types of issues and face them in a preventative way," Salinas-Newby said.
"It's great when you have city leaders leading the way to say, 'We want to learn how we can work with our changing population,'" she added. "It just happens to be (at a time when) we're having a large influx of immigrants."
Salinas-Newby said the Division on the Status of African Americans is also conducting similar hearings.
There are several goals of the meetings, which includes updating the legislature to what the Latino community thinks and needs.
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