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Know Your Rights – San Jose, CA2 min read

The Universal Church continue their efforts in serving the community by organizing the “Know Your Rights” seminar in San Jose, CA

Santa Clara County is home to over 200,000 undocumented immigrants and 30,000 recipients of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). In September of 2019, rumors of ICE raids on big-box stores stemmed fear into the San Jose community. With previous successful raids in the northern part of California, the city Mayor Sam Liccardo has taken different approaches to help those who might be affected.

On October 22, 2019, The Universal Church, with the help of Pastor David Micena, held the “Know Your Rights” seminar in San Jose, California. The following panelists were present:

• Maricela Lechuga, standing in for Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco
• Sergeant Christian Camarillo, San Jose Police Department
• Richard Hobbs, Immigration Attorney and Executive Director of Human Agenda
• Salvador Bustamante, founder of Latinos United for a New America (LUNA)
• Rodrigo Canido, Attorney, Loric Immigration Solutions
• Jayro Pizano, Attorney, Pizano Law Offices

Mayor Sam Liccardo, presented a speech to the attendees expressing the importance of becoming educated on their rights and his appreciation to the church for organizing the event. Telemundo News was also present, covering the seminar from start to finish to inform people of the church’s purpose of bringing the community together for this event.

Over 300 attendees gathered to learn about their rights in order to protect themselves and their families when faced by immigration issues due to their legal status. The practical guidance included steps on how to prepare to face challenges such as a family member’s arrest and how to exercise legal and constitutional rights in encounters with police or immigration agents. The panelists also stressed on the importance of not using notaries and instead identifying a respectable lawyer. Attendees were also provided with informational packets and resources for legal services in the area.

• What is happening with DACA? Can a person still apply/renew?
• If I am a victim of domestic violence or serious illness, how can this benefit me towards obtaining a legal status?
• Why is the immigration process, such as renewals, taking much longer than usual?
• Is there no longer a possibility of obtaining a green card under the current administration?

Questions such as these and others were given by the community. The panelists answered to the best of their abilities and offered to discuss further after the event.Know Your Rights - San Jose, CA

Bishop Flavio Gomes completed the seminar by thanking the attendees and city officials present. Followed by a prayer for God to bless their paths, and help them with the daily challenges they face not only with their legal status but their health, financial life, and family.

The next Know Your Rights seminar will be held in Dallas, TX in March 2020. If you or someone you know has questions about this upcoming coming event, please do not hesitate to contact us at .

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