Legal Assistance for Immigrants Booked in Jail Print E-mail


Category:  Civil, Human, and Constitutional  Rights


BE IT RESOLVED THAT: (Print or attach your resolution here. Be concise. Use everyday language.)


All MN Immigrants booked in jail be informed about what they are required to share regarding their citizenship with jail personnel or ICE agents and be provided with legal assistance by the state.



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Now only 14% of immigrants booked in jail have legal assistance. Recently, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted to provide $275,000 to fund legal defense services and let people in a city or county jail know that they are not required to speak to ICE. The service is for low-income Hennepin County residents who are booked into the jail and face possible deportation. The Minnesota Immigrant Law Center has noted that this action will help keep families together, keep citizen children with their parents, and increase the protection of due process. This essential protection should be available for immigrants throughout the state and will help maintain MN's reputation as a state that welcomes and supports immigrants. By saving people from deportation, this legal service would save MN taxpayers the cost of providing the long term supportive services families require when parents are deported.



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