November 25, 2013
The McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific hosted its fifth annual Immigration Fair on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Volunteers assisted more than 131 applicants with Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals, Naturalization applications and requests for fee waivers.
The focus of this year's fair was both on helping young people apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and on citizenship through naturalization. More than 90 volunteers helped at the free event.
Blake Nordahl, the supervising attorney in the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, and Professor Raquel Aldana were key organizers.
Trained law students prescreened more than 50 applicants for DACA during September and October at events held at the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services' Oak Park campus and on the McGeorge campus on Sept. 24, Oct. 10 and Oct. 25. At the Immigration Fair, trained law students, recent graduates with immigration law expertise and faculty helped these young applicants complete the process by reviewing the forms and the supporting documentation that must accompany the application. Volunteer immigration attorneys, including McGeorge faculty and members of the Association of Immigration Lawyers of Northern California, conducted a final review of the completed application at no cost to the applicants.
In addition, free legal services were provided by law students and Sacramento attorneys to assist qualified individuals with completing and filing naturalization or citizenship applications (N-400 and N-600) and assistance with fee waiver applications to apply for naturalization. Study materials for Civics and English tests were also provided.
McGeorge partnered with the Mexican Consulate, the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), Opening Doors, the Association of Immigration Lawyers of Northern California, Univision and UniMás to bring this critical service to the Sacramento community.
"I am so thankful to the many in our community who made the fifth annual Immigration Fair happen," said Aldana. "We all celebrate the huge accomplishment of helping people with an important service."