Immigrant group demands apology from Rockingham Co. commissioner

Moises Serrano, a Yadkin activist, and Commissioner James Kallam (The Winston-Salem Journal)

Moises Serrano, a Yadkin activist, and Commissioner James Kallam (The Winston-Salem Journal)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — United We Dream, a nationwide network of immigrant advocacy groups, demanded an apology on Thursday from the Rockingham County commissioner who said he was only joking when he asked a Yadkin County immigrant activist to be his target in his effort to fulfill a quota of shooting three people.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Commissioner James Kallam declined to offer the apology.

The demand for an apology stems from an encounter that happened at Rockingham Community College on Monday between Kallam and Moises Serrano, a Yadkin activist who has lived in the United States since he was about two but is not authorized to be in the country. 

Serrano was among other members of the regional immigrant advocacy group, El Cambio, attending the screening of a documentary on illegal immigration to express their view that the film portrayed the immigration issue unfairly.

As tensions ran high outside the theater after the film, Kallam and Serrano were talking in a small group. Serrano said at one point, the commissioner, while pointing to another man, said: “That man’s only shot two people, and the law states you have to shoot three people. And I’ve only shot two people. Are you available?”

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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