Immigrant Youth Turn Out for Clinics of Hope

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Equal Justice Works fellow and attorney Amelia Ruiz Fischer of the Texas Civil Rights Project traveled to Laredo to provide an information session and eligibility screening interviews for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the immigrant community there.

The clinic, which Amelia organized in partnership with Adriana Rodriguez and the Laredo Webb County Bar Association (LWCBA), began with a presentation that gave an overview of DACA, including eligibility and documentary requirements. Afterwards, attorney volunteers from LWCBA and other legal volunteers interviewed interested potential applicants to determine their eligibility for DACA.

Those determined to be eligible received appointments for the first weekend in May, during which Amelia will return to Laredo to, again in partnership with LWCBA attorney volunteers, prepare their application packages free of charge.

“The session in Laredo was a great success,” said Amelia. “We had over 100 people show up to listen to the presentation, and found 50 eligible applicants whom we will see in May to prepare their DACA applications.”

“There's no way we could have served the great number of people we did without the tremendous help and dedication of the Laredo Webb County Bar Association's attorney volunteers,” said Amelia

TCRP would like to thank Adriana Rodriguez, John Sabas Perez, the Laredo Webb County Bar Association, and the other legal volunteers for their invaluable help in assisting the Laredo immigrant community with this important legal service.

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