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Webinar: In Line to the Golden Door

A seagull soars over the raised torch of the Statue of Liberty

In Line to the Golden Door - Legal Immigration in 2023

Saturday, April 1st, 10am to noon

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"You may have heard the end of Emma Lazarus’ 1883 poem "The New Colossus," enshrined on the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Immigration has made our country the dynamic and diverse culture we know today. But, do we know what the homeless and tempest-tossed must do to get through that door? What tempts thousands to risk their lives and savings to try and enter the US through other means? Before we can discuss and decide whether our current system needs re-enforcing, rebuilding or reforming, it would help to understand what it is now.

Join us Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:00am-Noon via webinar to hear from three people who have deep knowledge of these challenges:

  • Speaking on consular processing and adjustments will be Theresa Cole-Davila, Esq., Vice-Chair for the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Section;
  • Sharing her first-hand experience resettling refugees will be Paula Torisk, Senior Director of Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Services, San Antonio; and
  • Addressing the processes required to obtain asylum will be Erica Schommer, Clinical Professor, Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, St Mary’s U. School of Law.

We will discuss a range of issues:

  • What’s the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker?
  • How do the legal immigration laws, guidelines and processes affect those who try to enter legally?
  • What conditions await immigrants when they arrive in San Antonio?

Our experts’ presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, addressing participants’ questions.

Registration is not required but is encouraged; click Register Now to register to receive email updates and reminders on this event, including the webinar link when available.

Photo credit: "Statue of Liberty & Seagull" by David Ohmer is licensed under CC-BY 2.0.
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Meeting ID:
872 2961 4329
Additional Info:
Public Events
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

PO Box 12811

San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 657-2206