Heart Mountain Hosts Refugee Discussion

(Heart Mountain Wyo.) The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and others will explore immigration and refugee policy in our state during a special program on March 24. The program is being broadcast live from the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. The panel discussion will be aired on WPBS Wyoming Perspectives at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. The hour-long program will also be available via a live streaming link. The public is being asked to participate by submitting questions to the panel, which will be taken beforehand via email (, or live during the program via phone (800-495-9788). The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will be closed during that time, to accommodate the broadcast. "Our country was founded by immigrants, and built on the backs of immigrants-many of whom arrived here fleeing persecution, war and instability in their home countries," said Heart Mountain Executive Director, Brian Liesinger. "It is important to have these discussions about what Wyoming's role may be in contributing to the continuance of this foundational element of our nation. It is a difficult issue, complicated by political rhetoric and misinformation." There will be a panel of Wyomingites to discuss this topic. They include: ● Bertine Bahige, a Teacher of the Year in Gillette who is a refugee himself. Bahige was a former Congolese child soldier and spent five years living in a refugee camp, prior to settling in Wyoming. ● Suzan Pritchett is a Law professor at the University of Wyoming (UW) and co-director of UW's Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy. ● Representative Tom Reeder, of Natrona County, serves in the Wyoming House of Representatives. He was co-sponsor or the 2016 House Bill 47. That bill would have provided Legislative authority over approval of a refugee resettlement plan in Wyoming, and it would have provided for public hearings on that plan. #reboot #news #whatshappening