Twin Cities Immigrants Search For Answers and Support After DACA Decision

September 06, 2017 10:25 PM

There are more than 6,200 DACA recipients in the Twin Cities and nearly 1,000 more had pending applications before Tuesday's announcement. 

There have been rallies, forums, even hotlines set up to help them.


"I think there is a lot of energy on what to do next," said Juventino Meza, with Navigate MN.

Meza was helping lead a meeting for immigrants Wednesday night at El Colegio High School in south Minneapolis.  Media was not allowed, but inside they were expecting three times their normal attendance.

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Meza says some attendees might want legal help, others might want information about counseling or crisis hotline services.

"Mental health is so important.  We want to make sure people find hope and feel like they belong," he said.

Over at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, they launched a legal hotline Tuesday afternoon and have gotten about 100 calls in the past 24 hours.  Executive Director John Keller says most DACA recipients want to know if they are still eligible to file for an extension.

"They want to know what to do.  They want to know about their family and friends.  They want to know how to fix this,"  he said.

RELATED: Minnesota Officials, Organizations React to Decision to End DACA

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is suddenly so busy, they are considering hiring extra staff and having other attorneys take cases on a pro bono basis.

The legal hotline number is 651-287-3715.


Ellen Galles

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