LACBA Update Back Issues - June 2015
Law Day, May 1, 2015: La Placita Olvera in Downtown Los Angeles
“Reminding the legal community of our responsibility as attorneys to ensure that all persons receive equal access to justice under the law.”
The LACBA Immigration Legal Assistance Project and Immigration and Nationality Law Section partnered to host an Immigration Fair on May 1—Law Day 2015—to provide free consultations, advice, and attorney referrals for those seeking citizenship and/or legal residency in the United States. As part of the nationwide Law Week observance, the Immigration Fair became even more meaningful because of President Obama's immigration executive order of November 20, 2014 stating that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would not deport certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents—the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Currently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is not accepting applications for DAPA due to a federal district court order in Texas that temporarily blocks the DAPA program. In addition to providing general immigration consultations, pro bono attorneys also focused on what DAPA will mean, and immigration “scams” in the community.
Twenty-two attorneys provided consultations to approximately 200 persons seeking legal advice on their immigration cases. The Immigration Fair plays an important role in providing the immigrant community with accurate information about obtaining U.S. citizenship and other immigration benefits. With little money and/or access to licensed attorneys, many immigrants fall prey to “notarios” or immigration “consultants” who oftentimes provide costly and inaccurate information that could result in deportation.
LACBA started the Immigration Fair 25 years ago to help the immigrant community understand the laws that affect their families and to promote a better understanding of the immigration legal system.
Law Day 2015
Brigit G. Alvarez
Robert de la Madrid
Cinthia I. Rivera