Deportation and removal

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Deadline to comment on deportation process rule is Sept. 25

The federal government has proposed a new rule that would impact people in immigration court proceedings and whose cases are on appeal at the Board of Immigration Appeals. The proposed rule would take away due process protections in immigration court proceedings by speeding up deportations and preventing immigration courts from handling proceedings in an orderly fashion. The 30 day period to submit a comment to the government will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 25. Read more.

Expedited removal

On July 23, 2019 the federal government issued a notice expanding expedited removal to individuals who have been in the United States without authorization for less than 2 years. Expedited removal is a way for immigration officials to quickly deport people from the US without allowing them to see an immigration judge or attorney, although a person who expresses a fear of returning to their home country must be referred for an interview before an asylum officer.

Read the informational sheet on expedited removal by Pennsylvania State University Center for Immigrant Rights. For more information regarding the expedited removal process, please contact OIRA at [email protected].

Immigration Update: July 12, 2019

News outlets report that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may start enforcement operations in ten U.S. cities starting this Sunday. While  Minneapolis was not listed by ICE as one of these ten cities, we know that reports like these cause fear. Minneapolis is a Welcoming City and we remain vigilant.  OIRA is working closely with our immigration legal service partners to connect people to existing legal clinics, know your rights presentations, and community organizations that offer protection, advice and support when our community members need it most

Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council President Lisa Bender and Minneapolis Police Chief Mederia Arradondo have made their position on threatened immigration enforcement activity clear.  A portion of their statement is excerpted below:

"The City of Minneapolis condemns any actions that would put our residents and families at risk or actions that instill fear in our community. The City of Minneapolis is a welcoming city that believes all people, including immigrants, are valuable contributors to society, vital to the success of our communities and to our shared future.

Minneapolis Police have not and will not cooperate with, nor participate in, any such ICE activity. Minneapolis officials are prohibited from taking any action to detect or apprehend people based solely on their immigration status. Our entire city is proud to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers, sisters and neighbors. By replacing fear with knowledge, the City of Minneapolis works to make our communities safer. The City partners with legal service organizations to ensure that residents have access to competent legal information and advice, regardless of ability to pay."

Information and resources 

Please contact OIRA for additional resources


Last updated Oct 5, 2020



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