Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 7:29 pm
The city of El Monte, Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union (PSFCU), and other groups are working together to provide educational immigration forums for the greater San Gabriel Valley communities. These free events are safe spaces for locals to ask questions related to immigration and learn about their rights.
Jerry G. Velasco, Mayor Pro Tem of El Monte, is a strong supporter of the Immigration Forums and spoke with Pasadena Now about why these events are a vital part of community outreach,
“We want to educate our residents – no matter their background. We, as a city, have an obligation to do that,” he said.
Velasco added that the topic of immigration is something he personally feels connected to because his parents were undocumented and he remembers what it was like for them to live in fear due to their citizenship status. He hopes that the forums will provide resources, information and hope to the community.
“We have an obligation as elected officials to speak up for the people who feel like they don’t have a voice,” said Velasco.
Just as the City of El Monte is advocating its residents, PSFCU’s mission is to serve the under-banked and educate the community. PSFCU has actively participated in the Immigration Forum Planning Committee.
“Our credit union is all about building relationships in our communities,” said Andy Tien, VP Marketing at PSFCU. “We want to promote and support the Immigration Forums to educate the community about their rights and help with financial literacy.” Both Tien and Velasco agree that educating people about their rights has a positive impact on the community.
The Immigration Forum will take place on Thursday, April 27 at Nativity Church; 3743 Tyler Avenue, El Monte CA 91731, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
There will be between ten and twenty lawyers present to speak with people one-on-one as well as lectures, breakout sessions and small group discussions. Velasco stresses that the event will be a safe space for people to gather and ask questions.
“No one should live in fear [about their immigration status],” said Velasco. “After all, what would this country be without immigrants?”
For more information visit PSFCU at 670 North Rosemead Boulevard, call (877) 297-4707 or visit their website http://www.mypsfcu.org/about/who.php. You can also stay in touch with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mypsfcu and Twitter: @PasadenaServFCU