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UCOM Immigration Workshop

March 30th, 2011

A special guest blog by UCOM Social Work Intern Sarah Lindemulder.


Does immigration impact your clients? If you work in social services, church ministry, community groups, or the like, this opportunity will help give you a general understanding of the current immigration system.  Topics of special interest, such as domestic violence, workplace raids, deportation and detention will also be touched on.
Two opportunities are available to those interested.  Anna Waller, Esq. (of Immigration Legal Services) will lead a discussion on April 15th at 1:00PM.  Liz Balck, (attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors) will lead the second on April 21st at 3:00PM.  Both events will take place at UCOM (1311 Chicago Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509).  Please RSVP to me either through email (sarah.lindemulder@cornerstone.edu) or by phone (616.241.4006 ext. 30).  To best plan for space and materials, please let me know which date (or both) you would like to attend and if you plan on bringing any coworkers.
Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your interest and the work you do in our community!


#1 Bruce Roller said:

Sarah, I am so excited about UCOM's being able to offer these two "introductory" programs on the very serious issue of immigration. Thank you for your internship with UCOM that has helped us to focus on this. I hope you and Andrew will soon post a news blog about UCOM's up-coming classes to help people who are seeking citizenship. Having the benefit of your experience will be so helpful to our neighbors in their quest.

#2 Bruce Roller said:

I just ran across this interesting quote in a book I am reading for discussion at the Micah Center, The Greatest Story Oversold: Understanding Economic Globalization by Stan G. Duncan. I'd be interested to know what others think: The so-called "illegals" are so not because they wish to defy the law, but because the law does not provide them with any channels to regularize their status in our country--which needs their labor: they are not breaking the law, the law is breaking them. --Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Bishop of Orlando, FL. What do you think?

#3 Sarah Lindemulder said:

Thank you for your encouraging words, Bruce. This internship has been a rewarding experience and I cannot tell you how grateful I am that UCOM is excited to learn and grow to best serve our community! Currently I am busy working on a resource guide tailored to the immigrant population. I hope soon either Andrew or I will be able to make a post about citizenship classes. Check back for a post on those, but in the meantime, get excited about our upcoming workshops!

#4 Bruce Roller said:

I'm excited!

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