We are disappointed by the US Supreme Court’s decision yesterday to let stand the ban on President Obama’s executive action that would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States.
KIAC will continue to serve our immigrant sisters and brothers and will work with the local, state, and national coalitions to bring about change to our unjust and destructive immigration syste.
Family services served 358 people and families in 2015. People continued to present us with myriad ways to serve them. In addition to continuing our medical clinics and starting our dental clinic, we provided ESL practice workshops for clients working on improving their English. . We also started a citizenship workshop.
Our legal program opened in December of 2014. We provide immigration services to people who could otherwise not afford them. The vast majority of our clients would not have been able to get the legal help we provided without our program. We started 2015 with 30 cases and opened 348 more during the year.
Good news for people applying for citizenship: the waiting time between when we file your application and your interview has fallen from 8 months to 5 months. This means you still have time to become a citizen and vote this year if you come to see us soon. Make an appointment.
See the full 2015 Annual report
We received word today that the Leadership Kitsap board approved a project between Leadership Kitsap And KIAC to produce a video that will share the stories of immigrants in our community. We’ll have more detail on this soon.