The topic of immigration is a hot button issue in the United States, and especially in Texas.
For those interested in learning more about immigration policies and immigrant communities, the Texas Theatre will be showing a free screening of immigration film Out of Reach, which stars actress America Ferrera. The 45-minute documentary highlights the stories of undocumented immigrants in Texas and how policies within President Barack Obama's administration affected the 1.65 million population.
The screening on Tuesday, Oct. 24 is free and open to the public from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. but participants must reserve a spot at this eventbrite link. The film will be followed with a question and answer panel discussion with local leaders from immigrant organizations.
Previously, immigrant activists have called President Obama "deporter-in-chief" for having the highest number of deportations than other administrations. President Donald Trump administration's has also been criticized for his rhetoric and new policies.
Topics on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Senate Bill 4 will be discussed among panelists. SB 4 is a law that would allow local enforcement to question the immigration status of anyone who has been lawfully arrested and detained. It is temporarily blocked from going into effect.
The full-length film as it will be shown isn't currently anywhere, a spokesperson said. Out of Reach is a film created out of the EPIX original documentary series America Divided. The five-part series features narratives on inequality in education, housing, health care, labor, criminal justice and the political system.
Get informed on the topic of immigration, which has a been a contentious debate across political party lines.