Chuck Payne, the Republican State Senator representing Danton, Georgia, joined renowned Atlanta artist Yehimi Cambron for a discussion of state and federal immigration legislation this past Tuesday.
The event, hosted at Georgia’s High Museum of Art, served as an opportunity to dialogue on policy changes that create opportunity and strengthen communities for all Georgians — including immigrants.
Attendees had the opportunity to discuss legislation recognizing the contributions of Georgia’s immigrant communities and learn how federal immigration reform could help unlock America’s full potential.
Senator Payne told the audience that, in his opinion, immigration reform will be “hard-pressed” to gain bipartisan support in today’s political climate.
However, he also noted it was the residents of Dalton, Georgia, including immigrants, who helped shape some of his views on immigration:
“The people that I represent are honest, hard-working people seeking to realize the American Dream. They still see America as the land of opportunity, where effort and determination are rewarded. Where a little elbow grease and a lot of drive can turn into a better life for their children.
And in that way, representing Dalton continually reminds me that our nation’s work ethic and entrepreneur spirit are unique qualities. Qualities that were embodied by the immigrants who built this country, and by those who come to our shores today.”