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El Pueblo meets with community to discuss immigration concerns

The group plans to hold regular meetings to discuss concerns. (Photo source: WLOX) The group plans to hold regular meetings to discuss concerns. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A new administration brings a new worry for many in South Mississippi's immigrant communities. However, a Methodist organization is hoping conversation will ease the tension.

Seashore Mission's El Pueblo program - which offers legal and translation services to immigrants - held a meeting with educators, city officials, law enforcement, and members of the community on Wednesday night. 

The goal of the meeting was to get an idea of concerns regarding potential changes in laws and enforcement policies that can affect the local immigrant community.

"There's a decent segment of our local community that is afraid right now. And we don't know what's going to happen. So, we want to create an atmosphere where people feel comfortable, where they feel respected, and where we understand that people are coming with different opinions and we hope they're coming with different opinions," said organizer Annie Johnson, El Pueblo director. 

Johnston says that El Pueblo plans to host regular meetings to discuss ongoing concerns and problems.

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