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Immigration Response Team updates and release of annual report

Monday, June 17, 2019

Dear friends and colleagues,

Thank you to everyone who took time to complete our survey about the Immigration Response Team’s work over the last year. We received feedback about the many ways the Immigration Response Team provides valuable insight and resources to the University community, and we also received thoughtful suggestions that we are excited to incorporate going forward.

Following the conclusion of the school year and the second year of the IRT, we created an Annual Report to highlight the IRT’s activities over the last year. It also includes some of the major immigration topics from the last year (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/DACA, the Travel/Muslim Ban, changes to the Public Charge test in immigration law, and more).

Please know that we are available for questions and consultations throughout the summer, and we also encourage individuals and departments to use our forms to report experiences with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or when applying for a visa at an embassy or consulate. We are using these forms to track experiences from international travelers so we can identify trends.

Finally, we encourage you to make a donation to the Dream Fund this summer. We expect to receive a significant number of applications at the start of the fall semester, and we want to start the next school year with sufficient funds to be able to provide robust support for University of Minnesota immigrant students facing financial difficulties. Thank you, as always, for your collaboration and support!

Marissa Hill-Dongre
Director, Immigration Response Team

Learn more about the Immigration Response Team at, and follow us on Twitter @UMN_IRT.

Want to help? Consider making a gift to The Dream Fund, a fund to help immigrant students so unexpected emergencies do not derail their academic dreams.


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