Obama extends Enforced Departure for LiberiansAugust 16, 2011
Earlier this week President Obama announced an 18-month extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for many Liberians in the U.S. Of the approximately 3,600 individuals who will avoid deportation as a result, about one-third of them live in Minnesota.
Economists warn that AL's immigration law could hurt state economyJuly 18, 2011
Alabama recently passed the nation's most restrictive immigration laws, informed by Arizona's SB 1070 which was passed in limited form last year. Some economists warn that the economic contribution immigrants make to Alabama outweigh the costs to social services and other government programs. A mass exodus of immigrants from Alabama would, in that case, hurt the state's economy in the context of a larger nationwide slowdown. Read the article here.Read more...
New Publication: New Americans in MinnesotaJuly 18, 2011
The Minnesota Business Immigrant Coalition (MNBIC) has released its publication, New Americans in Minnesota: Issues that Need Immediate Attention, and is available here. ILCM Director John Keller traveled throughout the metro with the MNBIC earlier this year in order to deliver presentations on the contributions of immigrants and new Americans to Minnesota's economy.Read more...
Immigration replaces economy as top Latino issueJune 23, 2011
Findings by an independent research firm, Latino Decisions, found that 51% of respondents chose immigration as the most important issue facing Hispanics, while 31% said the economy and job, and 18% said education. To read the full story, click here.Read more...
VP of Liberia visits Minneapolis to appeal for DEDJune 20, 2011
Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai visited Minneapolis on June 17 to highlight the expiring Deferred Enforcement Departure for Liberians. If President Obama does not extend DED status for Liberians, then many of whom are living in the United States without Premanent Resident status would be force to be deported back to Liberia. Liberian VP Joseph Boakai stressed that Liberian are welcome back, but because of the vulnerable state the country is currently in after years of war, that the Liberians living in the U.S. should be able to choose whether to go back or not and not by force.
To read the full story by the tcdailyplanet, click here.Read more...
Eighth Circuit Victory for Unaccompanied Immigrant ChildrenJune 15, 2011
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) congratulates pro bono co-counsel Anna Petosky and Randall Tietjen of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi for their outstanding work with ILCM on behalf of our client before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Yesterday, in Sandoval v. Holder, No. 09-3600, the Eighth Circuit granted our petition for review and remanded to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), instructing the BIA to address whether unaccompanied alien children can be subject to permanent inadmissibility for making a false claim of U.S. citizenship. As the Eighth Circuit noted, the draconian penalty for false citizenship claims has been described as the “immigration version of the death penalty.” The Eighth Circuit also asked the BIA to consider an important alternative issue: if unaccompanied children can be subject to inadmissibility for false claims of U.S. citizenship, must the BIA apply a more liberal rule for timely recantation of such statements that takes into account their relative immaturity?
At age 16, while traveling alone, Ms. Sandoval presented her U.S. citizen sister’s birth certificate to airport inspectors. Ms. Sandoval was an unaccompanied alien child at the time, she quickly admitted her true identity when questioned by inspectors, and she was then allowed to withdraw her application for admission. Even so, the BIA declared her permanently inadmissible for making a false claim of U.S. citizenship and twice refused to answer our arguments that (1) Congress could not have intended the harshest immigration penalty designed for adults to apply to vulnerable children given the special treatment it requires of children throughout the rest of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and, (2) at a minimum, a more lenient rule for timely recantation must be applied to unaccompanied children. Our appeal brief is available here.
The Eighth Circuit’s remand presents an important opportunity to advocate for the just treatment of unaccompanied children before the BIA. ILCM now looks forward to working with allies from around the country to win a positive decision.Read more...Categories Litigation Highlights
Minnesota Senators Klobuchar, Franken, Others Urge Obama to Extend DED for LiberiansJune 08, 2011
Minnesota Senators Klobuchar, Franken, and others are urging President Obama to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for eligible Liberians living in the United States. DED is set to expire on September 30, 2011, and if not extended, would prevent Liberians from applying for permant residence status and be forced back to their war torn country of Liberia. To read the full story and see the actual letter sent to President Obama from supporting Senators, click here.Read more...
A controversial federal immigration program - Secure communities 101: Here's what you need to knowMay 31, 2011
Secure communities is a program under the Obama administration that requires local authorities to fingerprint anyone who is booked in jail, and have their fingerprints sent out to federal authorities to check on the immigration status of the individual. It has become a controversial issue as immigration advocates argue that "the federal government does not have the authority to force localities to join them in enforcing federal immigration law."
To read the full story and to get a better understanding of the Secure communities program, go here.Read more...
American Immigration Lawyers Association denounces House Detention BillMay 26, 2011
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is denouncing the House Detention Billl, arguing that passing this bill will allow for the U.S. government to indefinitely detain individuals, increasing their already broad authority to detain noncitizens. AILA also argues that this goes against the constitution. To read the full story, click here.
Gov. Dayton vetoed all of the budget billsMay 24, 2011
Today Governor Dayton vetoed all of the budget bills, including those that would harm ILCM and the immigrant community. See our recent action alert here and read the Governor’s veto statement and letters here.Read more...