ST. PAUL (June 27, 2014) — Minn. State Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL-66), joined 21 other senators in signing a letter to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Office (USCIS) that encouraged the agency to halt its plan to move the local office nearly three miles away from transit lines. The current site is easily reachable by public transportation, allowing immigrants and refugees to more conveniently access services.
DFL senators expressed concern in the letter that “this proposed move will place burdens on residents in [their] districts who rely on public transportation to access immigration services.”
“I understand the importance of accessibility to public transportation, particularly to the community that will be utilizing this office, and I am urging the GSA and the USCIS to work with stakeholders to find a location that is accessible by public transit,” Sen. Pappas said. “I also look forward to working with our U.S. Senate delegation from Minnesota and Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Congressman Keith Ellison on finding a solution.”
Finally, the letter emphasized the dire consequences that one missed appointment could have for members of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities.
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