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Ed Wegerson Discusses Pro Bono Work with Twin Cities Daily Planet

05.05.13

In the article “Volunteer Lawyers make Personal Connection with Minnesota Immigrant Students,” Ed Wegerson shares his volunteer experience with Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota's (ILCM) Pro Bono DREAMer Project. ILCM trains and mentors attorneys to represent immigrants in their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) cases. DACA is a new immigration remedy being offered to undocumented immigrant youth.

While not an immigration attorney himself, the ILCM training was effective in preparing Wegerson for the issues his clients would be facing. He has helped two young women, who had originally come to the United States as children, obtain deferred action status. Both of these clients now plan to continue their college studies in business, one at the graduate school level. Wegerson reports of his clients, “They were just grateful to come out of the shadows—to have a DREAM card, apply for a job and have a correct social security number and eliminate that fear of deportation.” Wegerson enjoyed the program because it allowed him to “help someone in a way that’s personal and important to them.”

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