N.C. Policy Watch invites you to a special Charlotte Crucial Conversation:
Featuring Patrick McHugh of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center and Raul Pinto of the N.C. Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
With 2016 election campaigns already well underway, immigrants and immigration policy are, for better or worse, front and center in the national and state political debates. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has more than to do with fear than truth. Given this backdrop, there is a greater need than ever for caring and thinking people to be armed with the facts.
Dr. Patrick McHugh is the N.C. Budget and Tax Center’s Economic Policy Analyst. At the BTC, McHugh conducts research and analysis on issues related to the economy and economic policy. Earlier this year, he authored a special report entitled “Smart Choices in an Era of Migration”  which examined how the growing immigrant population in North Carolina has contributed to the economic vitality of the state. Immediately prior to joining the Budget and Tax Center, Patrick served as a Fiscal Analyst for the North Carolina General Assembly where his duties included economic impact modeling, tax and appropriation analysis, and monitoring economic development policy.
Raul Pinto is a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrants and Refugees Rights Project where he represents low-income individuals negotiating the immigration system. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Raul worked as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. At the ACLU, Raul’s work focused on investigating violations of civil rights with an emphasis on immigrants’ rights, racial justice and community interaction with law enforcement. Raul has also conducted extensive public education about constitutional rights to Spanish speaking audiences and developed written materials about about the rights of immigrants and protecting civil liberties.
When: Thursday, March 3 at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Harris Hall at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. in downtown Charlotte
Space is limited – pre-registration required.
Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or [email protected]