Univision Interviews ILCM's John Keller about Naturalization ProcessJuly 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.Read more...
Worthington Youth Meet Guatemalan Grandparents for First TimeJuly 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.Read more...
Senate Passes Immigration Reform BillJune 28, 2013
On June 27, the Senate passed their immigration reform bill with a vote of 68-32! 14 Republican senators and all Democrats, including Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Franken, voted in favor of the bill. You can read and watch Senator Franken's remarks here and download Senator Klobuchar's comments here.
The border security amendments were a bitter pill to swallow in order to gain the necessary Republican support for the final senate vote. But the bill still includes very positive provisions like a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans, an expedited pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, and reunification for families separated by deportation.
This historic passage would not have been possible without your active voices for immigration reform. Let’s keep up the good work as the bill moves to the House of Representatives.
Temporary Protected Status Extended for SalvadoransJune 17, 2013
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning Sept. 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015.Current Salvadoran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 30, 2013, through July 29, 2013. The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD) with an expiration date of March 9, 2015.Read more...
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821 and an Application for Temporary Protected Status. All TPS re-registrants must also submit Form I-765, and an Application for Employment Authorization. Additional information on TPS for El Salvador, including guidance on the application process and eligibility, is available online at www.uscis.gov/tps
ILCM Litigation Project Helps Create New Immigration Law Program at U of MJune 03, 2013
The Robina Foundation has given a generous gift of $9 million to the University of Minnesota Law School, half of which will be used to establish a new program called the University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans. This is great news! The ILCM is proud of our involvement in the creation of this important program via our Litigation Project.
The University of Minnesota Law School Center for New Americans will collaborate with leading area law firms and non-profits, such as ILCM, to provide immigrant communities with urgently needed legal services. The Center for New Americans will also be home to an immigration clinic for law students.Read more...
Gov. Mark Dayton Signs the Prosperity Act!May 28, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Higher Education Omnibus bill that included the MN Prosperity (DREAM) Act on May 20, 2013. This is a historic moment for Minnesota which became the 15th state to allow DREAMers that graduated from local high schools to qualify for in-state tuition and only the 4th one to provide state financial aid. All of this would not be possible without your active voices and ILCM thanks you for your calls and emails that made all of this possible. ILCM also extends our gratitude to bill sponsors Senator Sandy Pappas and Representative Carlos Mariani, Governor Mark Dayton, all Senators and Representatives who voted for it, everyone who spent time at the capitol, and all other public supporters.
The MN Dream Act will:
- Allow students to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities if they meet certain requirements, regardless of their immigration status.
- Make state higher education aid available to all students who meet residency requirements, regardless of immigration status.
- Allow public institutions (MnSCU and the University of Minnesota) to use private funding as financial aid for all students, regardless of immigration status.
- Create a MN financial aid application specifically for these Minnesota students that delinks the Federal and state financial aids.
TC Daily Planet Covers ILCM’s Work Connecting DREAMers with Pro Bono AttorneysMay 06, 2013
The TC Daily Planet examined ILCM’s Pro Bono DREAMer Project, speaking to Pro Bono attorneys and the DREAMers they have represented in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) cases.
Attorneys cited the opportunity to help DREAMers receive a status that would allow them to work and attend college legally in the US as a primary motivation behind their involvement. Ed Wegerson, a volunteer attorney who has assisted two DREAMers apply for DACA, said he enjoyed the opportunity to “help someone in a way that’s personal and important to them.” DREAMers also spoke to the benefits of the new status. ILCM client Daniel Perez explained the importance of DACA in utilizing his Masters Degree in social work to find a job. “Without DACA this wouldn’t have been possible,” he said, “it was the first step in allowing me to pursue the American Dream — being able to work in the field I chose to go into.” Currently, ILCM placed over 185 pro bono DACA cases with volunteer attorneys for full representation and approximately 70 have already been approved.Read more...
MN Prosperity (Dream) Act Passes the State Senate as Hundreds Rally for Immigration Reform!April 29, 2013
May 1st was a great day for immigration reform advocates as hundreds gathered in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul to rally for reform. At the same time the MN Prosperity (Dream) Act, which would qualify DREAMers that graduated from Minnesota high schools, passed the State Senate! Senator Pappas, who sponsored the MN Prosperity (Dream) Act, spoke in support of immigration reform to a crowd of close to 1,000 alongside a host local legislators and Governor Mark Dayton. Please click the links below to read press coverage of both events:
Worthington Daily Globe: Minnesota senators pass immigrant education billRead more...
Thanks to All Who Showed Support for Immigration ReformApril 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10 was a fantastic day nation-wide for allies of comprehensive immigration reform! With crowds of thousands in Washington DC (including ILCM’s John Keller) rallying to support a pathway to citizenship, ILCM and leaders of Minnesota’s faith, business, and labor communities joined together at the Hennepin County Government Plaza yesterday to push for immigration reform.
Check out more pictures of the event hereRead more...
Join ILCM Executive Director John Keller for a discussion on proposed changes to US immigration lawsMarch 19, 2013
Join ILCM Executive Director John Keller this Saturday, March 23rd, from 1PM to 3PM for an update and discussion on the latest developments in the new immigration laws being proposed by President Obama and Congress. The event takes place at Sacred Heart Church, 840 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55106.Read more...