The political will for immigration reform is broadening across the country, but getting legislation through Congress will still require a herculean effort, tenacious negotiation and much compromise. At our upcoming chapter meeting John Keller, Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, will provide an update on the latest developments in the new immigration laws being proposed in Congress. He will also discuss the need for reform, the costs of doing nothing and the benefits of comprehensive reform. Keller, an advocate of policy based on human rights, compassion and pragmatism, will argue that the immigrant population is key to a vibrant economy in Minnesota. His office sees 20 to 25 new young undocumented clients a week seeking a path toward citizenship under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals memorandum issued by Obama last year. Join us to learn more about how you can weigh in with your legislators on this issue and how you can support immigrants in our own region.
John Keller heads the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota whose mission is to provide quality immigration legal services, law-related education, and advocacy for Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director in 2005, Keller was staff attorney at ILCM from 1998 to 2004. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Immigration Clinic from[masked], and as Vice Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Immigration Chapter. Keller graduated Cum Laude from Hamline School of Law in 1996 and received his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota in 1992.