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Libraries have always served as trusted community resources, known for being the best place to get the right information. At Schaumburg Library, we’re proud to carry on that tradition by giving our patrons access to correct information in a timely manner. 

Recently, the immigrant community has been flooded with misinformation, so we decided to offer a new program, “Immigration 101: Know Your Rights,” to help these individuals understand how to navigate their situation. To give patrons the best information, we’ve teamed up with World Relief DuPage/Aurora’s (WRDA) Immigrant Legal Services for this program. 

“The immigrant community has been wrought with wide-spread fear bordering on panic since the election and executive orders on immigration,” said Sarah Flagel, legal supervisor at WRDA. “Many folks are afraid to leave their homes, much less go to school, work or the grocery store. Fear often breeds misinformation. It’s imperative, now more than ever, that the immigrant community have access to accurate information to enable wise decisions for themselves and their families.”

The program, conducted in Spanish, will explain the three recent executive orders related to immigration, discuss immigration relief and will empower immigrants to understand their rights. 

“We don’t typically offer programs in another language,” noted our Community Engagement and Literacy Librarian Helen Stewart. “But we felt offering this program in Spanish made the most sense for the patrons we expect to attend. We want to be sure this group truly understands their rights, and we feel it’s best to communicate that information in their first language.”

“Immigration 101: Know Your Rights” is Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Central Library. No registration necessary, just drop in. If you have questions about the program, please contact Helen Stewart at hstewart@stdl.org.
 

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