Whatcom County residents seeking resources and free legal immigration services after the announcement Tuesday that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will end have local and statewide options.
LAW Advocates is partnering with local immigration attorneys to offer a free immigration clinic in Bellingham for low-income participants on Sept. 21. Those interested in participating are advised to register as soon as possible – space may be limited. For registration, eligibility screening and information, call LAW Advocates at 360-671-6079. Language interpretation services will be offered.
Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa is urging undocumented WWU students to access resources through the university’s Student Outreach Services. Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College also have campus contacts and resources listed on their websites for undocumented students.
For those able to make it to the Seattle area, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, an organization offering services to Washington state residents, will be giving a free “Options After DACA” community forum in partnership with the Washington Dream Coalition. The forum will be on Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at Highline College in Des Moines, Wash. Attendees will receive information, talk to an immigration attorney and learn about other resources.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will also be offering a forum for educators at Cleveland High School in Seattle on Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. The event will give educators “information, resources and best practices to support their undocumented students and families.”
Information about events and services can be found at www.nwirp.org. NWIRP also released a community advisory for DACA recipients with questions following the announcement that DACA would end. It is advising DACA recipients to renew before Oct. 5 if their status and work authorization end on or before March 5.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, new DACA applications will not be accepted, but applications and renewal requests that were submitted by Sept. 5 will be reviewed. NWIRP is telling those with pending applications and qualified individuals who have not applied for DACA to consult an attorney.
LAW Advocates immigration clinic
▪ When: Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m.
▪ Where: Bellingham
▪ Cost: Free
▪ Language interpretation services offered
Must register by calling 360-671-6079