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Local Group Holds Forum About New Immigration Enforcement Priorities

Staff from the Center for Central American Resources and lawyers will analyze the situation for the immigrant community.

The Center for Central American Resources (CRECEN, by its acronym in Spanish) is having a forum to try to shed some light about how the Trump Administration is enforcing immigration laws.

The organization, which has worked with Houston’s Latin American community for over three decades, will hold the forum this Saturday, February 25th, to address the risks undocumented immigrants may face.

They will also try to answer questions about what can happen to other groups, for example, families that are made up of both undocumented immigrants and United States citizens.

Teresa Borden, a spokeswoman for CRECEN, says they will advise the audience to have a plan in case a family member is set for deportation.

“Among those things are setting up a power of attorney, so someone can take charge of, you know, of children, of affairs, if a person gets picked up,” notes Borden.

Abraham Galaviz, one of the immigration lawyers that will participate in the forum, thinks there may be questions about the Temporary Protected Status, commonly known as TPS.

President Donald Trump hasn’t talked about eliminating it, so Galaviz thinks that section of the immigrant community can have peace of mind.

“If you have temporary protected status, at this point you shouldn’t be losing sleep over this,” Galaviz told Houston Public Media, although he clarified immigrants under the TPS who have been convicted of a crime “may have something to worry about.”

The forum will take place at a business located at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Aldine Bender Road starting at 2:30 p.m.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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