Groups hold open immigration, refugee forum in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Groups held a open forum to discuss issues surround immigration and refugee status Saturday.

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The session was open to the public. Attendees ranged from those who simply wanted to learn more about the issues to individuals who were immigrants.

Panelists confronted immigration myths, answered questions about green card status, obtaining citizenship, and even education concerns.

"We need to be aware just because there's no really loud and obvious event going on in airports or in your neighborhood, it doesn't mean that for your neighbors anything has changed. They need to still continue to deal with that struggle," Patty Sagasti Suppes of Roanoke Indivisible said.

Organizers say this is just the first of the 'Ask Me Anything About Immigration' series. They plan to have more sessions through out the year.