I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with leaders and congregation members at New City Fellowship Church in University City on Sunday, June 27, 2011. The group made me feel very welcome and I felt like we were able to discuss many immigration related issues.
We talked about immigration delays and the ways that lawsuits can assist in moving cases forward. We spent a lot of time talking about refugees and the important work that NCF is doing with local refugees. We discussed the necessity of applying for immigration benefits as soon as possible. Many questions focused on how to help family members oversees and the problems that people have in sponsoring family members to come to the United States. I also let them know about great legal resources for immigrants including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates and Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants.
I enjoyed my time at the Church and was impressed by the openness and dedication that church members showed towards helping new immigrants. I was inspired by their devotion to helping newly arrived immigrants adjust to life in St. Louis, Missouri USA.