Immigration in Minnesota

  • ILCM congratulates AILA Award winners Irma Márquez Trapero and Juventino Meza Rodriguez

    March 08, 2013

    2013 ALIA IOD Winners

    The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is proud to congratulate this year’s outstanding winners of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (ALIA) Immigrant of Distinction Award, Irma Márquez Trapero and Juventino Meza Rodriguez. ILCM is honored to have worked closely with both recipients whose courage and community impact are truly inspirational. Ms. Márquez shared her story alongside undocumented activist Jose Antonio Vargas at an ILCM fundraiser last December and Mr. Meza, the former Executive Director of NAVIGATE MN, continues to advocate for the DREAM act and comprehensive immigration reform. For more information on the award and it’s recipients, please click here

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  • Inclusive version Violence Against Women Act passed!

    March 01, 2013

    ellisonOn Thursday, February 28th, the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed the House, ensuring protections for immigrant and other victims of sexual abuse. The House Republican leadership had attempted to strip the bill of its protections for immigrant, LGBT, Native American and other victims but their measure was rebutted, reauthorizing VAWA and assisting victims of domestic violence regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation.

    Before the vote, Rep. Keith Ellison relayed the powerful story of an ILCM client who was able to escape domestic abuse through VAWA. You can watch the video below by clicking here.

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  • Immigration reform could change the lives of up to 95,000 in Minnesota

    February 01, 2013

    ILCM Executive Director was called upon by MinnPost to speak about the local and national momentum behind comprehensive immigration reform. Citing how both Obama’s and the Senate’s immigration reform proposals include a pathway to citizenship Keller said, “the planets are aligning,” for Minnesota’s estimated 95,000 undocumented immigrants. Grassroots movements, like the one on display at the capitol earlier this week, are changing minds across state, earning praise from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition. For the full story click here.

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  • ILCM’s John Keller speaks about the benefits of immigration reform on KSTP

    January 30, 2013

    Keller KSTPILCM Executive Director John Keller was featured on KSTP last night where he spoke about the potential benefits that comprehensive immigration reform could bring to Minnesota. Keller joined Governor Dayton, Minnesota business owners and farmers in expressing the positive effects that immigration reform could have on the local economy. Citing President Obama’s push for federal immigration reform, Keller was optimistic that a law which could help lift 85,000 undocumented Minnesotans out of the shadows is within reach. “Hopefully, now is the time,” said Keller. For the full story click here.

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  • Number of deportations drops in Minnesota region

    December 26, 2012

    MPR reports that in 2012, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska deported nearly 4,800 undocumented immigrants, about a thousand fewer than in 2011.

    Despite the drop in deportations from last year, ILCM Executive Director John Keller stated to MPR that the decrease is not felt locally as the quantity of deported immigrants in 2012 was almost double the number from 2001. "Part of why it might be hard for us to see any perceived difference is simply because the volume of people going through the deportation system," Keller said.

    Read the full report here

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  • Deferred Action recipient Irma Marquez featured in MPR

    December 26, 2012

    Irma MarquezSince President Obama announced the Deferred Action (DACA) program last June, more than 300,000 young people who were brought to the US under the age of 15 applied for the temporary status—one that would allow them to work and attend college legally. MPR choose to highlight one of the 53,000 approved DACA applicants, Irma Marquez, whose story of traveling from Mexico to St. James, MN, highlights the opportunities this new status will offer.

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  • Jose Vargas sheds light on undocumented experiences at ILCM fundraiser

    December 20, 2012

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    On December 12, 2012, The Immigrant Law Center hosted Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and immigration reform activist Jose Vargas at the Riverview Theater. The former Washington Post reporter told his story as an undocumented immigrant—from discovering that his green card had been forged at age 16 to calling the Department of Homeland Security last year and asking why he had not been deported after ‘coming out’ as an illegal migrant in a New York Times editorial—and shared the stage with local migrants seeking relief from deportation through Deferred Action petitions.

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  • Minnesota school records key in Deferred Action applications

    October 01, 2012

    Minnesota school districts have seen a jump in the number of transcript requests they've been receiving, and it's almost entirely due to Deferred Action applicants.

    People applying for the temporary, federal deportation deferral and work authorization program must prove that they have graduated from high school or have a GED, along with several other criteria. As a result, Minnesota schools have seen a significant increase in requests for official high school transcripts. Read the story here.

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  • Deferred Action meetings bring hundreds together

    September 17, 2012

    On August 27, 2012, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota held its third community meeting on Deferred Action, this time in Saint Paul. More than 400 people from the community were in attendance, and of them, around 120 left the meeting scheduled for future appointments with pro bono attorneys to submit their Deferred Action applications.

    In this article from MinnPost, reporter Cynthia Boyd touches on the varying moods of people attending the meeting. Some came to the U.S. at incredibly young ages. Some have children of their own now. Some are concerned that the program won't last long enough to benefit them. Whatever their concerns may be, ILCM Director John Keller emphasizes in his presentation that when submitting their applications, they "tell the truth."

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  • ILCM Deferred Action meeting a success

    August 20, 2012

    The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and NAVIGATE co-hosted a community meeting for those interested in learning more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or becoming a client of ILCM on Saturday, August 18. There were around 200 people lined up at the doors of the Green Community School in Minneapolis before they opened, and over 700 people attended the meeting. The event was covered by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and Minnesota Public Radio.

    Deferred Action meeting

    Several other community workshops have been scheduled for the near future. People who would like to become clients of ILCM in order to apply for Deferred Action must attend one of these meetings. They are listed on ILCM's home page. Additionally, the Minneapolis Foundation has generously undertaken a fundraising campaign to help ILCM secure funds to represent these low-income Deferred Action clients. Click here to support ILCM's Deferred Action work!

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