By Gayle Lilliana Blakely, editor-in-chief
An advocate for undocumented immigrants and Attorney Mary Carmen R. Madrid-Crost offers workshops at Truman College, to inform the undocumented about the no-appeal policy and other special terms associated with the deferment application, a form provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and in response to President Obama’s Deferred Action initiative.
The next workshop will be held this Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Truman. The English workshop will be held in room 2822, and the Spanish workshop will be held in room 2830. The phone number to register for the Aug. 18 workshop is (312) 857-0857.
Working with Madrid Crost Law Group and coordinating the workshop is Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC) adviser Carlos Martin Llamazares, who assists undocumented students at Truman.
Martin Llamazares coordinated the first information session for the undocumented on Aug. 14 and said that students and other attendees found it helpful. “They need to know how deferred reform is going to work,” he said. “It is a very complex, unique situation.”
Over 60 people attended the event on Aug. 14, and they expect some of those same attendees at the Aug. 18 workshop.
Madrid-Crost and her colleagues coupled with one or more representatives from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) plan to inform undocumented Truman students and any other undocumented attendees about the no-appeal policy for the deferment application and other important terms at the Aug. 18 workshop. She said that it is important for undocumented immigrants to understand what is involved before filling out the deferment application.
Additional workshops will be provided by Madrid Crost Law Group in mid-September.