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  • ILCM and Fast for Families

    April 02, 2014

    After fasting for 22 days to call attention to the need for immigration reform, Rudy Lopez and other members of Fast for Families began a nation wide bus tour where they will visit 100 different Congressional districts. ILCM hosted Rudy on February 19, as he participated in several radio and newspaper interviews to speak about immigration issues and the paulsenf4fnational tour. ILCM staff recruited three young DREAMers to accompany Rudy in a meeting with the staff of Congressman Erik Paulsen of Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. Rudy, ILCM staff, and other advocates discussed achieving immigration reform with Representative Paulsen’s staff. Later that day, John Keller of ILCM, Rudy, and the DREAMers were welcomed by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges at a press conference. They were joined by leaders from the faith, labor, and immigrant communities to speak about the necessity of passing immigration reform in 2014. You can read about the event in this Star Tribune article.

    Rudy returned to Minnesota with the Fast for Families tour bus on the morning of March 14. The group gathered with ILCM staff, elected officials, faith, labor, and immigrant rights leaders at the Minnesota State Capitol to urge Congress to bring commonsense immigration reform to a vote in 2014.

    Speakers included Rudy, Minnesota Senator Jim Carlson, ILCM's John Keller, and senator carlson f4fReverend John Gutterman spoke to the crowd. Two young people shared their stories: DREAMer Karen Velez said she has always wished to join the Navy, but is barred because of her non-citizen status. Karim Bardai, who has served in the military for over a year, talked about the need for immigration reform to allow talented young people like Karen to serve their country. The speakers pledged to participate in the fast and gave their public support to push for better federal and state policies for immigrants.

    Several participants then met with staff of Congressman John Kline, where they thanked him for his step forward on the issue of immigration reform and voiced their desire to collaborate with him in the future. ILCM and local business and faith leaders met with John Kline's Chief of Staff four days later to continue to gain broad, strong support in Minnesota for immigration reform.

    ILCM and Fast for Families concluded the day with a community meeting at the Waite House in Minneapolis with over 300 participants from all over Minnesota.

    mesa latina f4fThey also used the opportunity to strategize about how to pass the "driver's license bill," or HF 348, this year. The lively, diverse event featured traditional Aztec dance, a local Korean drum troupe, speakers from the local Native American community, DREAMers, faith leaders, labor, and the Latino community.


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  • Twin Cities' New U.S. Immigration Building Lacking Bus Service

    February 10, 2014

    The February 10, 2014, Star Tribune reports on the planned relocation of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office. The article details that "hundreds of immigrants who have had an easy bus ride to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office to get green cards and visas will soon have to figure out how to get to the new federal immigration office that accidentally moved way off a bus line." Read the full article here.

    You can also view John Keller's discussion with WCCO's Angela Davis here on the need for better access to public transportation to services at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • 99 Year Old, Formerly Undocumented WWII Veteran Journeys to DC to Advocate for DREAMers

    December 13, 2013

    Formerly undocumented WWII Veteran Joseph Medina traveled to DC this week to advocate for undocumented immigrants brought to this country as minors—or DREAMers—who wish to serve in the military but cannot because of their lack of legal status. Flanked by DREAMers from Rep Kline's district who wish to serve, the 99 year old decorated veteran will relay his story of service to members of Congress and ask that the House of Representatives honor the history of immigrants in the US armed forces by passing immigration reform to allow young undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. to enlist in the military.

    Read coverage of Joseph's story below and view pictures here.

    Univison | Un veterano de guerra de 99 años defiende a indocumentados

    Star Tribune | 99-year-old St. Paul vet speaks up in D.C. for fellow immigrants

    Pioneer Press | Ruben Rosario: This veteran can move Congress on immigration reform

    MPR | Klobuchar and World War II veteran push immigration overhaul

    MinnPost | Minnesota WWII veteran joins D.C. push for immigration reform

    Think Progress | Meet The 99-Year-Old World War II Veteran Who Was Once A DREAMer


  • Thank You for Attending ILCM's Open House!

    October 22, 2013

    Thank you for attending ILCM's Open House. Please view photos from the event here.

  • Thousands March in Minnesota to Call Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

    October 07, 2013

    Over 2,800 people from Minnesota’s business, faith, labor, education, and immigrant communities staged a massive march to urge the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform this year. Non-traditional allies ranging from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to the AFL-CIO gathered at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis for an interfaith prayer service and marched to the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza. The march was one of over 100 events scheduled nationwide to pressure members of Congress to pass reform that strengthens our economy, preserves the unity of families, and protects the rights of workers.Read media coverage of Minnesota’s march below:

    Diverse crowd, 2,000 strong, seeks immigration reform | Star Tribune

    Immigration reform supporters rally in Minneapolis | Kare-11 NBC

    Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul | New York Times

    Hundreds Rally in Minneapolis for Immigration Reform | KSTP-5 ABC

    Photos: National Day for Dignity and Respect puts immigration in the spotlight | NBC Latino

    Protests call on Congress to 'stop playing games' over immigration reform | Aljazeera America

    Leaders from across political spectrum call for immigration reform | TC Daily Planet

    Hundreds head to immigration march in Minneapolis | Rochester Post-Bulletin

  • March for Immigration Reform on October 5

    September 16, 2013

    Join a diverse group of Minnesota advocates for immigration reform on October 5 as members of our state's faith, business, labor, law enforcement, and immigrant communities take part in a national day of action for immigration reform. Nationwide, over 40 cities will host massive marches to fix our broken immigration system.

    Click here to RSVP

    The march will begin at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis 55403.

    12:30 pm: Interfaith prayer service
    1:00 pm: March

    Únete a este diverso grupo de defensores de Minnesota en pro de la reforma migratoria. Este 5 de octubre nos acompañarán miembros de la fe de nuestro estado, negociantes, trabajadores, aplicadores de la ley y comunidades de inmigrantes para  participar en un día nacional de acción  en el que más de 60 ciudades acogerán marchas masivas para buscar arreglar este sistema de inmigración roto.

    Has click aquí para reservar.

    La marcha comenzará en la Basílica de Santa María, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis 55403.

    12: 30: Servicio de oración interreligiosa.

    1:00: Marcha.

  • ILCM Executive Director John Keller Pens Pro Immigration Reform Op-ed

    August 26, 2013

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    Click here to read an editorial written by ILCM Executive Director John Keller about the broad coalition of Minnesotans making their voices heard for immigration reform in Rep. Kline’s district.

  • DREAMers Celebrate Deferred Action Anniversary

    August 20, 2013

    Singing “Happy Birthday” in English and Spanish, immigrants, faith leaders and ‘DREAMers’ delivered unfinished cakes to the offices of U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen and John Kline on August 15. The action celebrated the one year anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while symbolizing the need for the House of Representatives to complete immigration reform. Signed by President Obama last year, DACA was an executive action that allowed DREAMers—undocumented immigrants brought into the country as minors—to receive a temporary reprieve from deportation. However, without immigration reform that includes pathway to citizenship DREAMers and their parents remain vulnerable to deportation.

    View photos from the event here and read the Star Tribune's coverage here.

  • Univision Interviews ILCM's John Keller about Naturalization Process

    July 23, 2013

    Univision's Gustavo Mancilla interviews John Keller in Spanish about the benefits of citizenship and the process of naturalization. Currently, there are an estimated 80,000 legal permanent residents in Minnesota who are eligible for citizenship but have not yet naturalized.

    Click here to watch the interview.

  • Worthington Youth Meet Guatemalan Grandparents for First Time

    July 19, 2013

    In early July, ILCM's Kathy Klos and 14 American-born children of immigrant parents traveled from Worthington MN to Guatemala with a program called Abuelos y Nietos Juntos. The youth spent a week in western Guatemala meeting grandparents, and in some cases siblings, for the first time.

    Click here to view photos from the trip.

    Click here for coverage of the trip from The Star Tribune.


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