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Marshalltown to host Deferred Action clinic

October 17, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Iowa Valley Education and Training center will host a two-part Deferred Action legal clinic.

Justice for our Neighbors, St. Mary Hispanic Ministry and Immigrant Allies are working the center to coordinate the clinic similar to the one held in Des Moines in earlier this year.

The groups will hold part one of Marshalltown clinic 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Iowa Valley Education and Training Center computer lab, 206 E. Church St., Saturday, Oct. 27.

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Dozens of immigrants, shown here, attend a Deferred Action informational seminar at the Marshalltown Public Library earlier this year. A two-part legal clinic will take place at the Iowa Continuing Education Training Center Oct. 27.

That session will focus on beginning to fill out the Deferred Action application without legal assistance. The second part, Saturday, Nov. 17, will be for those who complete the first session. Lawyers will be on hand for part two of the session.

"We will basically be helping them prepare and get all their stuff they will need," Joa LaVille, chair of the steering committee for Immigrant Allies, said. "That way, they will have a couple weeks to get everything in order."

The clinic should be able to assist roughly 80 people. Volunteers will not collect the $465 fee until the second session.

LaVille said Immigrant Allies is fundraising to try to help with those costs.

Jorge Bonilla, coordinator of educational services at the Education and Training Center, said Deferred Action helps invigorate the workforce by providing incentive for immigrants to continue their education when they otherwise might not.

"If we can help them get legal status to continue (their education), that would be absolutely great," he said.

Bonilla said those in attendance should not bring children under 15.

LaVille said the clinics are by no means a panacea, but that its coordinators wanted be able to serve as many people as possible since they are unsure when another local clinic will be possible.

A Deferred Action checklist detailing materials applicants need to obtain is available at the Marshalltown Public Library. Those interested in attending the clinic, should call St. Mary Hispanic Ministry between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. before Oct. 26 at 641-753-7815 for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment for the workshop.



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