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Laura Burton Serves as Panelist for Meredith College Event

Laura Burton Serves as Panelist for Meredith College Event

April 17, 2008

Immigration specialist presents at "Immigration, Law and Ethics" discussion

GREENSBORO – Smith Moore LLP attorney Laura Deddish Burton, a board-certified immigration specialist, recently served as a panelist for a discussion on "Immigration, Law and Ethics" as part of the inaugural event for the Center for Women, Ethics and Public Life at Meredith College in Raleigh.

While immigration has grown into a hot button issue during this election year, according to Burton, there are still a large number of people who do not have a strong understanding of immigration law and the penalties that are associated with non-compliance. As a member of a three-person panel, Burton centered her presentation on immigration law and ethics, focusing on what the current law requires for non-U.S. citizens currently in the country and for those considering coming to the U.S., in addition to how proposed legislation could impact immigration. "It is critical that people understand what the law currently requires and prohibits before trying to change it," says Burton. "Many people would be surprised by the stringency of the laws currently on the books, by the efforts that undocumented individuals make to comply with U.S. civil and tax requirements, and by the harsh and uncompromising enforcement actions currently being taken in the name of homeland security."

Burton was joined on the panel by Donna Schaper, a senior minister at Judson Memorial church in New York City and Daniel Heimbach, an ordained minister and professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Burton focuses her practice on international and business immigration law and is Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association International Law and Practice Section.

Contact: Donnie Turlington
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