Thursday morning at 8 a.m., The Lens’ Charles Maldonado will interview Yihong “Julie” Mao, a lawyer for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, about immigration issues in New Orleans. The group, which advocates for immigration reform, has connections to two recent Lens stories.

The organization has accused the New Orleans Police Department of racially profiling Latinos and inappropriately aiding federal immigration agents. A federally appointed firm overseeing reforms of the Police Department has said it is reviewing those complaints, and the department is revising its immigration violation policy.

And this year, thousands of undocumented children from Central America have shown up at the Mexico border. Many of them are now in New Orleans while their cases are pending in federal immigration court. Some of those children are staying with family members, including members of the Workers’ Center.

For those who can’t make the event, I’ll live-blog it below. If you have questions for Mao, tweet them to #BreakfastNews and we’ll try to pose them during the event.

Event details

Date: Thursday, Sept. 25

Time: 8 to 9 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)

RSVP: Anne Mueller,

Location: Basin St. Station, 4th floor, 501 Basin St. at St. Louis Street

Parking: Available in the Basin St. Station parking lot adjacent to the facility. This map shows the location of the parking lot and adjacent access points.

Live blog, 8 a.m. Thursday

Steve Myers

Steve Myers was editor of The Lens. Before joining the staff in 2012, Myers was managing editor of Poynter Online, the preeminent source of news and training about the journalism industry. At Poynter,...