Keith Ellison on Immigration

Last Updated : Jun 25, 2012

Campaign Website Statements


Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform such as the STRIVE Act that includes four components: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Keith also supports the DREAM Act, which would increase access to higher education for the children of immigrants and give them an opportunity to succeed and give back to their communities.

Minnesota is home to thousands of Liberian refugees. In 1989, a civil war in Liberia forced many to seek refuge in the United States. More than 30,000 Liberians reside in Minnesota and an estimated 1,000 currently are living under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In 2007 and 2009, Keith worked to have Presidents Bush and Obama extend the DED for Liberians in the United States. He has also introduced the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, which would allow Liberians who were brought to the United States legally under temporary protection status classification to apply for permanent residency.

Voting Record

Removing Funds for Lawsuits

In May of 2012, the House voted on an amendment put forth by Congresswoman Black of Tennessee. The Amendment was to prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Attorney General to originate or join in any lawsuit that sought to overturn, enjoin, or invalidate Immigration Enforcement Laws in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia. The amendment passed 238-173 with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it. Keith Ellison voted against the amendment.

Keith Ellison voted against the amendment.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2221; Uniting American Families Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1275; American Dream Act - Cosponsor

To amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1645; Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 or STRIVE Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide for comprehensive immigration reform, and for other purposes.

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