Immigration Law Practice News
The Visit of Pope Francis and Migrants by Prof. Virgil Wiebe
Pope Francis opened his comments at the White House today by saying “As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be welcomed to this country, which was largely built by such families.”
The Pope has become an outspoken advocate for the rights and protections of immigrants, a voice for welcome even when it is very hard. In his November 2013 Apostolic Exhortation entitled Evangelii Gaudium (or The Joy of the People), he stated that
"Migrants present a particular challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all. For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms of cultural synthesis. How beautiful are those cities which overcome paralysing mistrust, integrate those who are different and make this very integration a new factor of development! How attractive are those cities which, even in their architectural design, are full of spaces which connect, relate and favour the recognition of others!"
Minnesota teen fights to assert his U.S. citizenship, Prof. Wiebe comments on a case of our Legal Services Clinic Alum, Joy Beitzel.
For nearly two decades, Maycol Quetzecua of Austin, Minn., has lived an existence with an almost untraceable paper trail.
Sure, like many young people in America he has social media accounts, highlighting his passion for sports, music, tech gadgets, and Caribou and Starbucks coffee. On July 20, Maycol, who played tenor saxophone at Austin High School, tweeted, “I really hope Mexico and USA meet in the Copa oro Finals!” in reference to the biennial soccer tournament.
But in the eyes of the government, the 19-year-old — born without a birth certificate to parents who illegally emigrated from Mexico — is not a U.S. citizen.
The Minnesota Detention Project holds a training at the Interprofessional Center with presentations by attorneys Virgil Wiebe and Linus Chan
On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services hosted a CLE about The Minnesota Detention Project and held a training for attorneys interested in representing clients in detained immigration court. The CLE was presented by Virgil Wiebe from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Linus Chan from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Prof. Wiebe speaks about President Obama's Executive Action on Immgration in PRI
Law professor Virgil Wiebe is bullish: This week's court ruling that halted some of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration will be overturned, he says. “The reason why there's a lot of confidence that the ruling will be overturned is that, for better or worse, courts and Congress have long said, in essence, the president can do whatever he damn well pleases when it comes to immigration law enforcement,” Wiebe says. Read more.
Professor Wiebe comments on the President’s Executive Action on Immigration in the Star Tribune
Professor Wiebe comments on the President’s Executive Action on Immigration in the Star Tribune. Read more.
Professor Wiebe joins over 100 Legal scholars finding Obama’s immigration actions lawful
Professor Wiebe joins over 100 Legal scholars finding Obama’s immigration actions lawful. Find out why in the Washington Post article.
The Logistical Nightmare of Sending 57,000 Immigrant Kids Home
Bloomberg Businessweek Politics & Policy posts a story about the logistical nightmare of sending immigration kids home on July 24, 2014.
Professor Wiebe and his colleagues make recommendations to The President and his administration for Fair Treatment for Unaccompanied Central American Children
Prof. Wiebe along with a group of professors and researchers with experience teaching and practicing in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law, primarily at U.S. universities, colleges, and law schools write to offer their counsel to the President and his administration as they respond to the refugee emergency involving unaccompanied children and families with children from Central America and Mexico.
The Unaccompanied Children Crisis: Causes and Local Responses, CLE hosted by the IPC on July 23
Susan Schmidt will share insights from the recent Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report "Children on the Run." As senior research consultant for UNHCR, Schmidt was part of a team that interviewed over 400 children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico in Office of Refugee Resettlement and Border Patrol custody. In addition to providing an overview of the research, she also will share tips for interviewing. Rebecca Scholtz, staff attorney for the Immigration Law Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, will briefly outline common forms of relief, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). She will share strategies for screening children for SIJS eligibility.
UST Immigration Appellate Clinic wins their second case
On February 20, 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals remanded to the Board of Immigration Appeals (or Executive Office for Immigration Review –Los Angeles, California Immigration Court) the case of a Guatemalan asylum seeker who was represented by 3L students Charles Dolson ‘14 and Alan Tritcht '14 of the UST Immigration Appellate Clinic.
Professor Virgil Wiebe Delivers Keynote Address in the University of Winnipeg
Sheep, shepherds and wolves—that’s the metaphor Professor Virgil Wiebe uses to describe how Mennonites have traditionally related to human rights.
Professor Virgil Wiebe addressed these apparent contradictions as part of a conference exploring different ways Mennonites have experienced issues of human rights throughout the years.
The conference, Mennonites and Human Rights: Grappling with State Power in the Past and Present was held from October 18-20 at the University of Winnipeg and hosted by the university’s Mennonite Studies department.
Mennonites have been and continue to be victims of human rights abuses, beneficiaries from the human rights abuses suffered by others, and advocates for the human rights of others.
Prezi of the talk - Called to be Snakebirds: Mennonites, Human Rights and State Power.
Professor Virgil Wiebe testifies before Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Canadian Parliament
Professor Virgil Wiebe testified by video conference before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Canadian Parliament on October 25, 2012. He commented on proposed implementing legislation (S.10) of the Convention on Cluster Munitions and responded to questions from Senators.
Watch the video conference.