Deferred Action recipient Irma Marquez featured in MPRDecember 26, 2012
Since 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.Read more...
Jose Vargas sheds light on undocumented experiences at ILCM fundraiserDecember 20, 2012
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.Read more...
Minnesota school records key in Deferred Action applicationsOctober 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.Read more...
Deferred Action meetings bring hundreds togetherSeptember 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."Read more...
ILCM Deferred Action meeting a successAugust 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.
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!Read more...
Deferred action application opens - immigrant youth prepareAugust 15, 2012
Today, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services begins receiving applications for Deferred Action. Immigrant youth who could benefit from the program have been anticipating this day since the policy was announced in June. Immigration attorneys across the Twin Cities - including staff and pro bono attorneys at ILCM - have been preparing all summer. Read more about the excitement and trepidation about this program in this Star Tribune article.Read more...
Weighing the chance to work, study without deportation fearsAugust 14, 2012
The inability of undocumented students to apply for college financial aid, land a stellar internship, or apply their education toward a job stunts hundreds of Minnesotan immigrants every year. In this article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, University of Minnesota student Alexander Della Polla illustrates his conundrum: After struggling to finance college, he had to turn down an excellent internship opportunity because of his unauthorized childhood entry to the U.S. He was considering applying for jobs overseas to avoid this issue when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy was announced.
Now, Alexander may have the opportunity to take that internship after all, and apply his technological skills to a job in the U.S.Read more...
Deportation deferral may bring Minnesotans out of hidingAugust 13, 2012
On August 15, the application process for Deferred Action begins. The policy offers deportation relief and work permits to qualifying young undocumented immigrants (click here to read more about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy). Although estimates vary, many hundreds of Minnesotans will begin submitting their applications on August 15.
Some young immigrants like "Tomas" are hoping to see relief. Brought in to the U.S. at age 11, Tomas has graduated high school, has an associate degree in Project Management, and is nearly finished with a bachelor's degree. These highly educated individuals were brought in by parents when they were young, have no criminal background, and would contribute toward growing the U.S. economy and culture through the Deferred Action process. Read more here!Read more...
MN business and labor uniteJune 13, 2012
On June 8, the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition (MNBIC) hosted a panel discussion led by three Minnesota business leaders who shared their experience seeing immigration boost business in the state. The event was a milestone for immigration advocacy, and turnout was impressive. The entire audio recording is available here, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet covered the story here.Read more...Categories Immigration in Minnesota
Immigration from Mexico is a net zeroApril 30, 2012
The Pew Hispanic Center has issued a report stating that migration to the U.S. from Mexico is matched by departures - both voluntary and involuntary - to Mexico. The study cites deportations, economic hardships, and family reunification as some of the contributing factors that both deter individuals from immigration to the U.S., and cause them to leave. ILCM director John Keller contributed to this article in the Star Tribune, saying that "we still have an obligation as a country to fix our immigration policy. The vast majority of people are making a better life for themselves and their families here, and are going to stay."Read more...