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Groups will discuss immigration

Groups will discuss immigration

April 03
21:56 2013

Jennifer Zhang / Intern

For the first time at UNT, the Multicultural Center and Student Legal Services will hold a joint immigration session on Friday in the Silver Eagle Suite with guest speakers from Proyecto Inmigrante ICS, a nonprofit organization that offers immigration and citizenship services.

The workshop is free and no RSVPs are necessary.

The two programs decided to hold the workshop after the Student Legal Services’ attorney spoke at Texas Women’s University, said Administrative Coordinator at UNT’s Student Legal Services Hannah Clark.

“TWU held an event with Proyecto Inmigrante ICS earlier, so we thought it would be a great opportunity at UNT as well,” she said.

Clark said the topic of the session affects nearly 10 percent of UNT students.

“This upcoming event is a great resource for immigration services,” she said. “Ten percent of UNT’s student population are not American citizens, and this service would be really beneficial to them.”

Assistant of Executive Director of Proyecto Inmigrante Immigration Counseling Services Andy Beltran said the nonprofit organization works with low-income families, among other demographics.

“We do petitions for families and information sessions about deferred action for childhood arrival and temporary protection statuses,” Beltran said.

Beltran also said that Proyecto Inmigrante ICS deals mostly with legal documents and performing outreach programs to spread the word about the organization.

“We go to churches, schools, and universities all the time with the purpose of spreading our message of reunifying families,” he said. “At the information session we will be having at UNT, we will be discussing President Barack Obama’s new immigration reform laws and more information about dealing with immigration.”

Pre-fashion design senior and Student Assistant at the Multicultural Center Kerissa Manns said both UNT programs are excited about the upcoming event.

“Usually the Multicultural Center offers many conferences, such as the recent Equality and Diversity Conference, and peer mentoring groups like our Buddy System,” she said. “This recent joint program will provide additional services to a few of the many ethnic and cultural groups we serve.”

The session will go from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. To find more information about Proyecto Inmigrante, go to proyectoinmigrante.org.

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