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Legal Aid Center offering help to local immigrants

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 14:04:53-05

Tuesday, the President will give his first ever State of the Union address, and he's expected to touch on immigration. Those worried about what the current presidential administration is doing for immigration have options.

The phones have been ringing a lot lately at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. People have even come in person, with one thing in mind.

"We get calls all the time from people who are very worried about their situation or just about the climate of an attitude people have towards immigration and immigrants," said Bryan Martin, a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Center.

Attorneys at the Legal Aid Center say some people are worried despite having legal citizenship; they fear it could be taken away somehow.

"Mainly, it's a lot of worry and stress about will I be able to stay with my family. It's mainly family-centered," said Martin.

Every Friday the center holds an immigration class. This morning session gets into different pathways to legal status and at the end, you can sign up for a free session with a lawyer. The class is offered in Spanish and English.

UNLV is stepping up too. Law students are volunteering to help prepare Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal forms.

Immigration paperwork can be complicated, but there are passionate people throughout the valley who will walk you through it for free.