Immigration Forum Held at Hambrick

Immigration Forum Held at Hambrick
Posted on 02/26/2018

Volunteers at Hambrick Middle School assist participants as they complete applications during the Bonding Against Adversity Immigration Forum which was held on Saturday, February 24.

On Saturday, February 24 Hambrick Middle School was the location of the Bonding Against Adversity (BAA) Immigration Forum.  BAA hosts these forums regularly throughout the year in an effort to help families in the Aldine community complete their applications for citizenship in the United States.  One hundred twenty lawful permanent residents were present on Saturday to take advantage of the services offered at the forum.  Dozens of volunteers were also on hand to assist in making the process as easy as possible.  One of the volunteers, Francisco Garcia, is a teacher who once completed the process for citizenship through a previous BAA Immigration Forum.  Mr. Garcia was sworn in as a US citizen during the Naturalization Ceremony on February 14th and is now happy to help others do the same.  Volunteers like Mr. Garcia who return to help more people are a part of what makes this event such a success.

Jessica Narvaez, BAA liaison at Hambrick Middle School, worked with volunteers along with the BAA staff to ensure a pleasant experience for the participants.  Mariana Sanchez, chief operating officer of BAA, stated, “We are ready to continue serving the Aldine community through Hambrick Middle School.”  She encouraged all the teachers, custodians, bus drivers and any employee in Aldine who needs to complete their application to take advantage of this and future opportunities to begin their citizenship process. BAA offers free Citizenship Preparation classes at East Aldine District.  These classes are conducted by volunteer Judy Hoya who is a former Aldine teacher.  “She goes extra miles to help LPR’s to get ready for their citizenship interviews,” Ms. Sanchez said of Ms. Hoya.

Mariana Sanchez expressed her appreciation to the administrators and staff at Hambrick for their assistance in making this a successful event. The next Immigration Forum at Hambrick Middle School will be held on May 19, 2018.