The Mexican Consulate in Nogales will host an open forum Saturday called “Conoce tus Derechos,” or “Know Your Rights,” to inform the local immigrant community of what to do in case of an encounter with U.S. immigration authorities.
The event, set to run from 2 to 4 p.m. at the consulate’s Salón Bicentenario, comes after President Trump announced – then temporarily called off – widespread raids to arrest and deport millions of people in the country illegally.
Saturday’s forum begins with a half-hour “coffee with the consul” in which Consul Ricardo Hernandez will address the “climate of fear surrounding the announcements of massive raids,” among other topics, the consulate said.
He’ll be followed by lawyer Diana Eréndira Castillo Reina, who will speak on topics ranging from making sure your documents are up-to-date, having a plan in place in case of an immigration arrest and the risks of deportation for permanent residents.
Next up, lawyer Doralina V. Luna will discuss current immigration policy, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The event will wrap up with a question-and-answer session with the consul and both lawyers.
The consulate is located at 135 W. Cardwell St.