Lawrenceville, July 22, 2019 – Gwinnett County District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque is hosting a community engagement discussion that will offer local perspectives on 287(g), a federal law that authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to deputize selected state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law.

The purpose of the community engagement discussion, set for 7 p.m. July 31 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, is to educate and provide information to the Gwinnett public about the benefits and impacts of the 287(g) program from varying local perspectives.

“It’s important for people to come together and listen to each other viewpoints,” Fosque said. “It’s also important to try to understand one another from a local perspective. I think it would be productive if we could have a thoughtful and respectful exchange of views on this important local issue.”

In the discussion, three panelists will discuss the benefits of 287(g) and three will discuss the impacts of the program. An outside, nonpartisan moderator will oversee the panel discussion.

The audience will consist of the first 200 Gwinnett residents who register on the Eventbrite page located at Each attendee must register and present their printed ticket to be admitted.

The audience will also include local legislators, elected officials, representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, public safety agencies, and other special guests.