Immigration roundtable

Rosario Dawson and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia become TV buddies (with video)

Rosario Dawson and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia become TV buddies (with video)

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Rosario Dawson and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia tackled immigration.

Celebrities and immigration policy?

University of San Diego made it happen at a town-hall forum broadcast live on MSNBC, featuring actress and activist Rosario Dawson appearing alongside Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Hot topics included the influence of Hispanic voters in American politics, the Arizona immigration battleground and San Diego's legacy as the 1990s hotspot for cross-border conflict. Actress Rosario Dawson, of Rent, Sin City and Alexander fame, brought her savvy sense of Latino issues to the fore, while Garcia brought to the table the issue of immigrant influx in Texas.

In the first segment of the discussion, Garcia discussed the effects of illegal immigration for legal U.S. citizens with Dawson, co-founder of Voto Latino.

Prior to being elected Harris County sheriff in 2008, Garcia served 23 years with the Houston Police Department under former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, who chose Adrian as HPD's liaison to the mayor's anti-gang office. Garcia has experience on City Council, and he's also served as a consultant for the U.S. State Department to analyze law enforcement and policing programs in Central America. He's the first Hispanic sheriff in Harris County history.

Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta and USD Trans-Border Institute director David Shirk rounded out the list of Latino issues luminaries. The broadcast will be re-aired Sunday at 11 p.m. on MSNBC.


Watch Garcia and Dawson discuss immigration here:

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