Immigration in Minnesota

  • Deferred action application opens - immigrant youth prepare

    August 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.

  • Weighing the chance to work, study without deportation fears

    August 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.

  • Deportation deferral may bring Minnesotans out of hiding

    August 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!

  • MN business and labor unite

    June 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.

  • Immigration from Mexico is a net zero

    April 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."

  • DHS settlement may restore EMA to some

    April 18, 2012

    A statement issued by the Department of Human Services on April 13th may reinstate Emergency Medical Assistance to low-income residents in Minnesota. Earlier this year, 2,300 Minnesotans received notice that they would lose access to state-funded medical services. However the recent notice gives these former recipients the option to appeal the loss of coverage. ILCM's John Keller is featured in this Minnesota Public Radio article on the development.

  • Navigate conference encourages undocumented students to succeed

    December 05, 2011

    This weekend, Navigate MN held a conference for undocumented students in Minnesota, encouraging them to seek academic success despite the lack of policy progress on immigration reform. Read the article here, and watch the broadcast on Univision here.

  • Hibbing man dies waiting for immigration visa

    December 01, 2011

    A Hibbing man, born in El Salvador and trying to right his immigration status, left his new wife and infant son in 2010 when his application for Temporary Protected Status was denied. Charlie Garcia later became victim to gang violence at a gas station in El Salvador, and was killed. ILCM Board member Karen Ellingson, who was Mr. Garcia's representative, says that the act of deporting individuals back to countries wracked with violence is overly punitive. ILCM director John Keller notes that the legal process of acquiring citizenship after marrying a U.S. citizen, as Mr. Garcia intended, is risky, and the consequences severe. Read the story here.

  • Minnesota man - a U.S. citizen - held for deportation

    December 01, 2011

    A Minnesota man - born in Jamaica, naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1975 - was held in a South Dakota detention facility for 43 days in 2008 and slated for deportation. Mr. Clark, who lives in Minneapolis, was unable to prove his citizenship at the time of his arrest in 2004 for a traffic violation. Though now cleared of charges, Mr. Clark is seeking $1 million in damages for false arrest and malicious prosecution. Read the story here.

  • Video: Panel discussion on the political strength of MN's new citizens

    November 22, 2011

    In October, ECHO Minnesota hosted its third annual panel discussion. This year's topic was the current and future political strength of Minnesota's new citizens. ILCM director John Keller was among others on the panel, including Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; Hussein Samatar, the first Somali-American ever elected to office; and Ron Lezema, Co-Founder of the Hispanic/Latino Caucus of MN. Click here to watch streaming video of the panel.


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