On April 25, more than 50 UFCW Local 1161 members from Worthington, Minn., boarded a bus to travel to a temporary satellite El Salvador Consulate in Minneapolis. There, members were able to acquire important documents (such as visas and passports) that will help them prepare their applications for citizenship or temporary protected status. Since the closest El Salvador Embassy is in Chicago, Ill., a lot of UFCW members (many of whom work at the JBS plant in Worthington) did not have the means to make the long trip. This was a special opportunity arranged by UFCW Local 1161 through the UFCW’s Union Citizen Action Network (UCAN) program to help members and their families get access to the resources and information they need to complete their immigration applications. UFCW Local 1161 also worked with the Mexican Embassy to set up a satellite site at a local junior college in Worthington, where hundreds of UFCW members, their friends and families were able to gather documents and begin their applications for citizenship or temporary protected status.
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