Immigration legal services coming to HSU

Immigration lawyer will visit the campus to advise students and employees

The California State University (CSU) announced Aug. 28 that a system will be put in place for 22 of its campuses to provide immigration legal services for CSU students and employees.

“These thousands of Californians are pursuing their dreams for a better future every day on CSU campuses. The expanded services and resources that will soon be available will bring support, legal guidance and some peace of mind to enable our students and employees to focus on academic and professional pursuits,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said in a press release.

According to an article from Humboldt State Now, there’s an estimated 100 undocumented students enrolled at Humboldt State University (HSU).

“These services are very expensive and because we’re so isolated we don’t have resources.”

Anayeli Auza

An immigration lawyer from Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) will be visiting HSU for a few days each month to consult with students or employees. CHIRLA is an immigrant-centered and immigrant- powered organization working to achieve a just society fully inclusive of immigrants.

According to the press release, a one- time allocation of $7 million to fund these services came from the 2018 Budget Act to the California Department of Social Services.

Scholars Without Borders (SWB), a campus center located at the MultiCultural Center, has relied on volunteer attorneys from the Bay Area to travel to HSU once a semester, SWB Coordinator Anayeli Auza told El Leñador.

“For the student population this will be a great financial relief,” Auza said. Legal applications such as a DACA application can cost up to $495.

“These services are very expensive and because we’re so isolated we don’t have resources,” she added.

An immigration lawyer will be on campus September 16-17. To schedule an appointment, students are to contact EOP. Auza said if students don’t feel comfortable calling EOP, then they can contact SWB to help them make that phone call.

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