Upcoming Immigration Events

St Martin’s Episcopal Church Social Justice Commission is hosting a series of events focused on learning  factual information about Immigration Law, and the experience of immigrants. The series will culminate in a delicious Syrian Dinner celebration sponsored by Welcome NeighborSTL. We hope you can attend all or some of these events.

 

The Legal Facts about Immigration

  • Featuring Jim Hacking, J.D. of Hacking Law Practice
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019   6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • St Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15674 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011

Misinformation about immigration policy erodes our civil discourse and impedes thoughtful decision making on this critical issue. In this presentation, Jim Hacking, J.D, St Louis Immigration Attorney, will lay down the legal facts about immigration. The different legal routes to residing in the U.S. and obtaining citizenship will be defined and explained, including Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Employment Visas, Family Visas, and Legal Permanent Resident. Jim will draw on his deep experience as an immigration attorney and active civic volunteer to provide insight and clarity to issues surrounding immigration. The presentation will include time for Q&A. There is no cost. Reservations are requested but not required. Click here to register.

 

The Immigrant Experience:  Panel Discussion

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • St Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15674 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011

The reality of the immigrant experience is too often lost in contentious ideological debates. A panel of immigrants from a variety of countries (Colombia, Switzerland, Bosnia, Nigeria, and Vietnam) will tell their stories about their paths to immigration and citizenship in the U.S. Come and listen to these compelling personal histories about the hard work and determination required to build a life in a new country. The immigrants will discuss their motivation to come to the U.S., the challenges they faced, support received and support not available, and their unique perspective on living in America. This moderated program will include panel discussion and Q & A.  There is no cost. Reservations are requested but not required. Click here to register.

 

Syrian Dinner

  • Welcome Neighbor STL
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 15674 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011

“Eat well and do good at the same time.” Enjoy a delicious dinner of traditional Mediterranean foods prepared by Syrian refugees living in St Louis. Representatives of Welcome Neighbor STL will tell the story of how they came to be an organization partnering with the St Louis Syrian Refugee community to sponsor these dinners. We will hear people who made the journey from Syria to America.  Enjoy live Syrian music, and shop for handmade soap or crafted articles. The evening will end with a short informative talk on immigration law by an immigration lawyer with an opportunity for Q&A. The cost of the dinner is $25/person, and all proceeds support the Syrian Refugee cooks. Click here to sign up and pay for the dinner.