On Thursday, February 10th, 2011, the League of Women Voters of Lincoln and Lancaster County Nebraska, and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church co-sponsored a panel discussion “Immigration As It Effects Nebraska.”
The panel consisted of:
Jim Partington, Executive Director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association; Darcy Tromanhauser, Director of the Immigrant Integration & Civic Participation Program at Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest; and DiAnna Schimek, former Nebraska State Senator. (see full biographies below)
The panel took place at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln and was moderated by Carol Connor, Secretary, League of Women Voters.
You can watch the panel discussion in its entirety or you can skip to particular sections by clicking the links below.
Welcome & Introduction
Questions & Answers
Final Remarks & Conclusion
Jim Partington, a retired Rear Admiral , who worked in the electronics industry prior to becoming the Nebraska Restaurant Association Executive Director in 2003. His involvement in economic and workforce development led to an interest in immigration issues. Jim has been working to form a Nebraska coalition of business leaders, academics, media and others with the goal of countering the emotion surrounding this subject with a fact based debate on an issue of vital importance to our future.
Darcy Tromanhauser is the Director of the Immigrant Integration & Civic Participation Program at Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest law center dedicated to equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. Together with many community partners, we work to promote policies and practices that promote health care access, immigrant integration and civic participation, child welfare, and low-income economic opportunity. The mission of Appleseed’s immigrant program is to promote strong, vibrant, integrated communities and the full participation of immigrant Nebraskans in all aspects of community life. Darcy has worked with immigrant communities in the Great Plains region for ten years. Prior to Appleseed, she worked with Catholic Charities in Des Moines, Iowa, to help launch a new Hispanic Community Outreach Program. She serves on the national board of Welcoming America. She has also worked in Guatemala, Peru, and El Salvador. Darcy earned her Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and her bachelors’ degree from Harvard College.
DiAnna Schimek, State Senator from 1989 to 2009, served on the Judiciary Committee, 2007-2008, which heard many bills regarding immigration. In 2008, the Committee toured the state, having community conversations with leaders in education, law enforcement, health services, business groups, opinion leaders and others. While in the legislature, she introduced bills in three different years and one interim study resolution regarding in-state tuition before succeeding in steering a bill to passage and overriding the governor's veto in 2006. Built coalitions with groups interested in immigration while continuing work on the issue of in-state tuition Since leaving the legislature, she has continued to work with a number of coalitions to help defeat a repeal of in-state tuition, to develop a strategy for preventing AZ style legislation, and other immigrant issues. She has testified before the Judiciary and Education Committees regarding immigration issues.