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Election Results: Siad Ali wins Minneapolis School Board seat but other African immigrant candidates...
Robbinsdale, Minnesota--Their faces somber they milled into a church in Robbinsdale, a few miles from Brooklyn Park where many Liberians live. There was tension and fear in their voices as they chat among themselves.
These approximately three hundred Liberians were gathered on a chilly Sunday evening to learn how they could petition US legislators, to extend the temporary immigration status (TPS) for about 1000 Liberians in Minnesota. They hope that they will eventually be granted US residency. With about two months before the TPS expiration, an immediate extension is preferred as it would take immigration officials longer to process the paperwork needed for residency.
Over the years Minnesota has been home to immigrant communities from different countries all over the world. In the last ten years, Minnesota has seen the exponential growth of immigrants, especially refugees from Liberia, Somalia and Ethiopia.