As of Wednesday, April 5, 2017
SUNNYSIDE A local businesswoman is bringing celebrities to town Saturday for a two-hour program on immigration rights.
Silvia Ramos of Silvia’s Professional Tax Services will host radio D.J. Alex El Genio Lucas of Salinas, Calif., and attorney Jorge Rivera of Florida from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at her business, 1015 E. Lincoln Ave.
“I was going to have this for my clients, but I got over 10,000 views in 24 hours when I posted it on Facebook,” she said. “I wanted to let the city know ,so they could be prepared if we have a lot of people.”
Lucas is promoting the event on his West Coast talk show, which airs locally at 101.7 FM. He is a motivational speaker who focuses on families, Ramos said.
“There was a truck driver in Las Vegas who heard it on the radio and he said he’s coming,” Ramos said.
“There are people from Salem to Portland and Hermiston who said they are planning to be here.”
City officials yesterday approved Ramos’ community event permit application. It calls for city staff to work with her in closing a portion of South 11th Street behind her business.
Ramos paid a fee of $633 to cover city staff time, records show.
Rivera, who has appeared on Univision to discuss immigration topics, will provide free consultations and hear concerns about the issue and inform the public about their rights, she said.
“I just want people to be prepared and try to calm down,” Ramos said. “So many things are being said.”
She said the event is not anti-Trump, but said his policies are causing fears in the Hispanic community.
“There are a lot of questions and doubts, I felt my clients, my community needed this,” Ramos said.
She said Rivera specializes in tough, challenging immigration cases.
And the event is for all immigrants, not just those from Mexico.
“We have people here from India, China, Russia,” Ramos said. “I’ve gotten numerous calls from different cultures.”
The event will be in Spanish, but both speakers also speak English, she said.
Ramos hosted a smaller event last year for her clients and Lucas participated in that, she said.
“He loved Sunnyside and he asked if he could come back,” she said, noting the DJ was instrumental in bring Rivera.
Ramos, whose parents became U.S. citizens in the 1980s through an amnesty program under President Ronald Reagan, said the focus Saturday is to not be afraid and understand this country’s rights.
“We’re in a beautiful country and if you live your life right you will do well,” the 1996 Sunnyside High School graduate said. “The bottom line is there are rights and you should know them.”