College of the Sequoias will host a day devoted to immigration issues on Sept. 23.
Written by David Castellon
The College of the Sequoias in Visalia will host a conference on immigration Sept. 23.
The free event, put on to inform the public about immigration law, immigrants rights and the status of current U.S. immigration policies, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ponderosa room on the northeast end of the campus.
Parking throughout the college will be free that day, but it’s recommended participants park in Lot 4.
The Immigration Conference is being co-sponsored by the college’s Puente Project, a transfer-readiness program for historically underrepresented students at colleges, and various community organizations.
Participating organizations include the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights, Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, Mi Familia Vota, Central California Legal Services and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
A working list of planned workshops include:
– Know the Latest Immigration Policies, which includes an update on the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
– Know about English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes at COS.
– Know Your Options for College.
– Assembly Bill 540 and Dream Act Financial Aid for undocumented students wanting to attend college.
– Know Your Labor Rights.
– Know Your Environmental Rights.
– Pesticides and Your Health.
– Know How to Become a Citizen.
– Know Your Rights as a Victim of Crime.
– Visas and Other Protections.
Free legal consultations and childcare will be available during the event.
COS is located at 915 S. Mooney Boulevard, just south of Highway 198.