OGDEN — Immigrants can have a tough time getting reliable information.
With that in mind, Alpine Church is hosting what it’s dubbing an Immigration Community Night on Sept. 24 to help. It goes from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the Alpine Outreach Center in Ogden, 2208 Washington Blvd.
“It’s just an event to try to help anyone who’s going through that process, to help them take that next step in the immigration process,” said Melanie Creps, outreach director for Alpine, a non-denominational church with seven locations, mainly in northern Utah.
Representatives from the Mexican and Peruvian consulates in Salt Lake City will be on hand as well as immigration lawyers, translators and others.
Creps said immigrants seeking to legalize or normalize their migratory status sometimes fall prey to scammers promising to help who instead abscond with their money. The aim of the event is to put immigrants in contact with trustworthy assistance.
“I think a lot of people don’t know who to trust,” Creps said.
The church decided to hold the event in Ogden, in part, because of the population of Latino immigrants here. Church reps are also trying to get the word out about English-as-a-second-language classes Alpine will start offering from the outreach center in Ogden starting on Oct. 1.
Immigration is a sticky, controversial subject, and Alpine reps don’t mean to get in the middle of the debate. Rather, they aim to point those maneuvering through the immigration system to resources that can help.