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February Share-Our-Plate: Immigrant Legal Center

Share Our Plate2015 Description of the Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County

The Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015! The Center was founded to help community members address issues of citizenship and immigration status, while maintaining roots in community organizing. As a non-profit the Center provides educational programs for immigrants and the broader community, focusing on the many inconsistencies in U.S. immigration policy and the need for change. As a law office the Center has provided assistance to more than 3,500 clients, and has helped hundreds obtain lawful permanent resident (or green-card) status. Following President Obama’s 2012 announcement of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA,) the Center launched a clinical program to provide affordable legal assistance to more than 350 DACA-eligible community members. With a clinical program already running smoothly the Center is ready to implement the new “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability” (DAPA) program that was announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014. There are estimates that between 20,000 and 50,000 Colorado immigrants may qualify for DAPA. The Immigrant Legal Center intends to be ready for the May, 2015 start date with help from additional community volunteers. Our organizational goal, however, is to provide legal assistance related to a long-overdue comprehensive immigration reform. Thank you for sharing your plate with the Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County, and we would love to talk with you about volunteer opportunities!

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