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Immigrant families benefit from free legal advice

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MCLEAN COUNTY (HOI) On this day of love, couples with intricate immigration questions got answers - for free - in Bloomington.

The YWCA of McLean County hosted this event from 9a.m. - 4p.m.

With the theme of - naturally - love!

The Immigration Project serves 86 downstate counties, using local lawyers who donate their time.

That includes an attorney at State Farm who offered free legal advice tonight to couples often blocked from togetherness.

"Some people that are married but their spouse lives in a different country. And they need that family visa to get them over to the United States to reunite them, which is a pretty cool thing when we're talking on Valentine's Day," said Jeff Crabill, Immigration Project Volunteer.

"It is very difficult. It can take years, 5-10 years for them to be able to be together with the person that they love," said Marianne Taylor, Immigration Project Intake Specialist.

Crabill calls this immigration work the most rewarding type of volunteering.

The immigration project serves about 100,000 immigrants in our state.

Sheridan Swathwood

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