The Immigration and Advocacy Support Center continued its partnership with Connecticut College as recently, Connecticut College students in the first year seminar, Transmigrants in New England, visited the center to learn more about the immigration system and to hear from a guest speaker about his immigration story.
The Transmigrants in New England seminar is currently learning about immigration patterns and cultural change occurring in the New England area. As part of the seminar, students are collaborating with IASC on the Latin Rhythm Night scheduled for November 14th and a Citizenship Workshop set for December 5th.
During the trip Attorney Mike Doyle presented to the class about the immigration system and its complexities. Students learned about the Violence Against Women Act as well as about the forms and requirements facing Political Refugees and Asylees.
After Mike presented, a political asylee from Venezuela described his immigration story. The asylee narrated the perils of Venezuela which forced him fear for his life as well as his family’s lives and eventually flee Venezuela. Once he finished illustrating the dangers he faced in Venezuela, he moved on to discuss the issues he faced in becoming an asylum seeker in the United States. He detailed his work situation and family situation among other issues he as an individual faced in the immigration system.
The information the students were able to acquire through this trip was incomparable and invaluable. The first-hand account from an asylee is unmatched and IASC enjoyed hosting the students as well as promoting learning about the United States immigration system.