‘All Immigrant Resource Fair’ in Waco draws hundreds

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Hundreds of immigrants made their way Saturday to Waco’s “All Immigrant Resource Fair” at First Baptist Church. 

They received free health and legal services and contacts on area resources. 

The fair -the first of this kind was organized by the church ministry La Puerta.

Immigrants of all backgrounds and ages flocked to the church in hopes for a better tomorow. 

Elsa Perez, an immigrant from Mexico came to get her new passport and consular I.D.

She says, “It is fantastic to have these resources because there is a lot that we don’t know and it is very helpful to be introduced to different resources that are available here in Waco.”

She just as many other immigrants did not want to discuss their immigration status with Fox 44. 

Many of them did not want to show their faces on camera.  

The fair offered free vision and medical screenings, as well as free legal consultations with attorneys. 

Emily Loachamin with La Puerta says, “I think it is important for us especially as Christians as a ministry to say that we welcome you and we don’t care about your status. We just want to help people.” 

The Consulate General of Mexico with headquarters in Austin stopped by to help more than 250 immigrants like Perez who made appointments prior to this fair. 

Perez says, “I really want to thank La Puerta and all of these agencies that are trying to help us address problems that we have and issues. 

Loachamin has a clear message for immigrants seeking help. 

She says, “This community is safe for you and we want to welcome you with open arms.” 
If you are interested in immigration issues from a political perspective there is an organization called Waco Immigrants Alliance. 

To get in touch with them click here. 

The organizers give credit to Blue Shield and Blue Cross health insurance for a grant which made providing health services possible. 

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