Immigration forum held in Brownsville

People concerned about the upcoming changes to passport and immigration laws had a place to turn to.

The Raul Yzaguirre School for Success hosted a forum in Brownsville at the Iglesia Bautista Southmost.

Principal of the school Raul Yzaguirre says this forum is just as much about reform as it is about education.

"We're trying to get people to be aware of the laws and the situations that they could have."

Several groups including the National Council of La Raza and the Coalition of Amigos in Solidarity and Action were on hand to help guests sort through the mess.

We have several expert speakers talking about changes in the laws and things that would affect them. Cause everyone's different, everyone TMs situation is different. So what we're trying to address is how to think through this and what are some of the issues they could come across, said Yzaguirre.

One of the big issues discussed was people born to midwives.

Celestino Gallegos says that what happened in the past is hurting people get passports in the future.

"Apparently the position of the government is some years back some midwives pled guilty to committing fraud in issuing birth certificates, so now they think that everybody that was born by a midwife in the valley was born fraudulently or that they registered a fraudulent birth certificate," said Gallegos.

This hot topic is something that Yzaguirre feels very strongly about.

"It seems to be discriminating against us folks because a lot of folks here can't afford to go to the hospital therefore they were born with midwives. It seems to be discriminating against the poor."

Even though another event isn't scheduled, Yzaguirre says that if people still want to discuss these issues they will work to listen to them.

"If there is a whole lot of demand for this we will certainly consider doing this again."