June 22, 2019 (MINNEAPOLIS) Below is a joint statement from Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council President Lisa Bender and MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo addressing concerns about planned mass deportations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Multiple news outlets have reported that, as soon as Sunday morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could start deporting individuals with final immigration court removal (deportation) orders in ten U.S. cities. While we cannot be certain of what may happen, if anything, we do know that Minneapolis has NOT been named as one of the ten cities.
This news makes people scared, we know this. 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. Know your rights and discuss resources available through the Immigrant Law Center: 651.287.3715.
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. The following resources can help you if you are fearful of an immigration enforcement activity:
City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) can provide additional support.
- United We Dream video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=412576406002984
- ACLU of Minnesota: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/immigrants-rights/
- Finding an immigration lawyer in your area: https://www.ailalawyer.com/