U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., will visit Charleston Sunday to hear concerns about the state’s new immigration law and to discuss the larger picture for national immigration reform.
The stop is part of a national tour for Gutierrez.
The Chicago area congressman was invited here by Diana Salazar of North Charleston, a third-generation Mexican-American who has become a leading advocate of the area’s Latino community.
His visit comes as concern grows over South Carolina’s new immigration law, which was scheduled to take effect in January but now is subject of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit.
Gutierrez chairs Congress’ Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Immigration and already has visited more than 20 cities this year to urge President Barack Obama to adjust its deportation policies.
Sunday’s forum begins at 3 p.m. at the Longshoreman’s Union Hall Building, 1142 Morris Drive, in Charleston.