IMPORTA's work is based on our belief that our immigrant communities have a right to affordable, honest, and high quality immigration legal
services to further their full participation in American economic and civic life.
Who We Are
IMPORTA was the first non-profit organization in Santa Barbara County to receive authorization from the U.S. Department of Justice to practice immigration law through trained "Accredited Representatives."
Our Accredited Representatives have the full backing and counseling of a staff of 15 experienced immigration attorneys from the CLINIC legal network, the largest immigration legal network in the United States.
Thanks to a grant from the State of California, during the past 3 years IMPORTA has provided legal representation to more DACA, naturalization, and green card applicants than any other provider of legal services in Santa Barbara County. IMPORTA's immigration legal services are offered free of charge.
IMPORTA has represented over half of the DACA recipients living in Santa Barbara County. Although the DACA program received a temporary reprieve in June, the administration is continuing efforts to cancel the program. It is very important that all DACA recipients whose renewal date is within one year file for renewal immediately, since even if the administration succeeds in canceling DACA it is likely that current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain their DACA until its expiration.
The long term solution for Dreamers is a change in immigration law which will depend agreement between the House, Senate, and President.
Since the Corona-virus restrictions of in-person services, IMPORTA has successfully represented over 200 DACA recipients in their applications for renewal through telephone interviews and mailing and emailing of required documents.
Although the State of California no longer pays the $495 government fee, IMPORTA continues to offer its DACA legal services without charge.
Call our offices in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, or Santa Maria for more information. and to schedule an appointment.
Marline Flores is Our
New Executive Director
I am pleased to announce that effective July first Marline Flores, a long-time IMPORTA employee and accredited representative, has been appointed Executive Director.
It has been my goal since the beginning that IMPORTA not only be an organization that serves our large local immigrant community but equally important that it be an organization whose staff is drawn from that community. All IMPORTA employees are now bilingual first or second generation Latin American immigrants, as is the majority of IMPORTA's board.
I will continue to volunteer my services under Marline's direction. I know that she and the board plan to make many changes to better acquaint the community at large with the vital role IMPORTA plays in the lives of immigrants seeking legal status, citizenship, or protection against deportation.
Russell Trenholme, IMPORTA's founder and retiring Executive Director