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What do i need to work in immigration?

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Kim’s Answer

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Karen,

There are many different ways to work in Immigration.

1. Law enforcement/detention
2. Legal - working for organizations such as RAICES that try to help relocated immigrants, among other things. https://www.raicestexas.org/
3. Working in Social Services, including at the detention facilities

While all immigrants aren't necessarily Spanish-speaking, speaking Spanish is almost required to get these positions. Not all positions will be working directly with immigrants. For example, you could be in charge of fund-raising, or managing a social media page, or trying to get grant funding to keep a program going. Attorneys might take on an issue, rather than work directly with a particular client.

Sadly, many jobs require degrees, and a 4 yr. degree is usually the minimum in social services. Law enforcement is normally a 2 year degree. Since you are in El Paso, I'd recommend looking at what this organization does, and seeing if you could volunteer. Volunteer experience always looks good on a resume! https://www.elpasodiocese.org/about-us.html
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Mark’s Answer

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Karen

Great question about working in Immigration. You can find many different ways to work in Immigration and make an impact on peoples lives

1. Law enforcement/detention/ ICE
2. Working in Social Services, including at the detention facilities
3. Become an Attorney who works within Law Enforcement
4. Work as an Attorney to help people obtain work visa/ green cards and/or become a US Citizen

The topic today of Immigration is at the forefront of many conversations and is really a great opportunity to make a positive impact on communities / the country. I would recommend connecting with professionals in various lines of work tied to Immigration and start asking questions. I used a mentor when coming out of school t bounce ideas off of and make decisions before things like " LinkedIn.com and Google' ever existed. What ever you do ask lots of questions and find what you enjoy doing most and if it is tied then Immigration Jobs, I'll say it will never feel like work when it is something you enjoy.
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