It’s a busy morning at Sanaa’s in downtown Sioux Falls. Several people are filling the restaurant Sunday for a pop-up brunch.
“This is our third pop-up breakfast, I don’t open for breakfast any day and I’m closed on Sundays, so that’s where the idea came, this will provide something new for people to taste and at the same time, help good cause,” owner Sanaa Abourezk said.
100 percent of the money raised today will go to help Hand In Hand, which works to provide legal representation to children and families in immigration court.
“There are a number of families in Sioux Falls with loved ones who have people in detainment camps at the border, and so what we’re doing is trying to raise enough money to hire an immigration attorney to help with people who are trying to stay in the United States legally,” communications chair for Hand In Hand, Shelley Nolan-Hefty said.
Communications chair for Hand In Hand, Shelley Nolan-Hefty says each immigration court case costs about $8,000. Nolan-Hefty says without legal representation, the high majority, 90 percent, of people 18 years old and younger who want to stay in the country won’t be able to. However, if they have legal representation, more than half, over 60 percent, are able to stay, she says.
Sanna says helping out is something she is happy to do.
“My dad was generous and he always told us that if somebody asks you for help, think if it’s you or if it’s your child, what would you do,” Abourezk said. “I’m an immigrant so I can know exactly how it feels when you are in a different country, you don’t know anybody, so I was asked and I said yes.
Sunday’s event was a free-will donation.