MSNBC Slates Immigration Town Hall for Nov. 15

By Alex Weprin 

MSNBC will host a town hall event focusing on immigration Monday, November 15. The town hall will air live from the University of San Diego from 10 PM- 12 AM and will be hosted by “Last Word” host Lawrence O’Donnell and Vote Latino executive director Maria Teresa Kumar.

Guests on the special will include actress and activist Rosario Dawson and Telemundo’s Jose Diaz Balart (Telemundo is owned by NBC universal, which also owns MSNBC). Topics of discussion will include Arizona’s immigration law and the influence of the Latino voting bloc during the 2010 midterm elections.

More information, after the jump.


Lawrence O’Donnell Hosts with Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar live from the University of San Diego

NEW YORK – November 9, 2010 – More than 10 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. On November 15, MSNBC, in partnership with Voto Latino, will present a special two-hour town hall event taking an in-depth look at the complex issue of immigration in America and the emerging role of the Latino population in American life and politics. The event, hosted by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell with Voto Latino’s Executive Director Maria Teresa Kumar, will air on 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. live from the University of San Diego.

The special town hall event will examine the state of immigration in the United States including the influence of the Latino voting block on the 2010 midterm elections, how Arizona’s immigration laws have affected national progress, and if the American Dream is still attainable for new generations of immigrants. The discussion will also present viable solutions for moving the country forward. Guests for the town hall will include actress and activist Rosario Dawson, Telemundo’s Jose Diaz Balart, Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles Alfonso Aguilar, Democratic strategist and pollster Celinda Lake, and Dr. David Shirk, Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.

About MSNBC:

MSNBC defines news for the next generation with world-class reporting and a full schedule of live news coverage, political analysis and award-winning documentary programming — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MSNBC’s home on the Internet delivers a fuller spectrum of news. Drawing on its award-winning original journalism, NBC News heritage, trusted sources and Microsoft’s advanced technologies, the site presents compelling, diverse and visually-engaging stories on the consumer’s platform of choice.

About Voto Latino:

Founded in 2004, Voto Latino is shaking-up America’s political establishment by bringing thousands of young Latinos into the political process. A non-partisan, nonprofit civic engagement organization, Voto Latino has produced award-winning, multiple-media campaigns headlined by celebrity voices that encourage young Latinos to register to vote and get engaged. Voto Latino strongly believes it is this new generation of young American Latinos who will shape America’s democracy for a

About The University of San Diego:

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.