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Immigration: Just the facts

Humanitarian aid giving water to a child in needAs educators and concerned global citizens, School Sisters of Notre Dame want to learn about important issues impacting the world around them. Since immigration has become such a critical topic, the sisters would like to educate themselves and the Mankato, Minnesota, community with facts about immigration without the politics.

To help disseminate trustworthy information about immigration, the School Sisters of Notre Dame will host a seminar called “Immigration: Just the Facts”, Thursday evening, April 6, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Center at 170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, Minn., 56001.

Robyn Meyer-Thompson, Esq., a staff member from the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILSM) in St. Paul, will present information on the different ways immigrants gain entry into the United States: as a refugee, immigrant, asylum seeker, worker, student or visitor. The presentation will include facts about visas, green cards and vetting procedures, as well as statistics on immigrants in Minnesota. The seminar is free and open to the public.

The event is coordinated by Shalom, the Justice, Peace and Integrity Office of SSND. Sister Mary Tacheny, who is helping organize the event, said, “As educators, we ourselves, need better information about issues surrounding immigration. We hope that many Mankato citizens will come and become more educated about these important issues, as well.”

The speaker, Meyer-Thompson, graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in 2014 and received the Student of Merit Award for her service with clients through the Civil Advocacy and Immigration Law Clinics at William Mitchell. In 2009, she graduated from College of St. Benedict with majors in Spanish and political science. During law school, Meyer-Thompson worked at ILCM and Southern MN Regional Services on U visa, VAWA and asylum applications. Prior to joining the ILCM team, she served as the Immigrant Health Law Specialist at Health Access MN, focusing on noncitizen eligibility for health insurance in Minnesota.

For more information about the event, contact Sister Jeanne Wingenter, Justice and Peace Coordinator for the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province at 651-695-0570 or jwingenter@ssndcp.org.

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