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On Saturday, July 20th, Little Rock city leaders will host a community forum to address the Hispanic community.
The forum will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mosaic Church at 6221 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock.
This meeting comes amidst national immigration raids targeting 2,000 people in at least 10 different cities.
Rodolfo Quilantan with the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock said those raids are causing panic among immigrants.
“Many Hispanics, which don’t have papers, are very scared. They don’t want to send their kids to the summer camps. The school year is coming. Some of them are thinking they are not going to send their kids to the schools,” he said.
Quilantan said that’s why this meeting is so important.
“It would be very important for everyone to have this meeting because we want to share with all of them that all residents in Little Rock are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of the immigration status,” Quilantan said.
It’s a message of inclusion that Lieutenant Michael Ford said is very important to the Little Rock Police Department.
“We are here for them. We are here to protect and serve them; to be guardians for them,” Lt. Ford said.
Lt. Ford said it’s against LRPD policy to ask about someone’s immigration status.
“That’s not what we’re here for. We’re going to conduct a traffic stop like we would with any other citizen,” Lt. Ford said. “Ask for license, registration, insurance, as long as you have that important information and we can identify you, you’ll be fine.”