Southeast Minnesota Immigrant Legal Defense

The Board of Southeastern Minnesota Interfaith Immigrant Legal Defense (SMIILD) needs your help to create an immigrant legal defense fund.

We are people of faith organized for justice. Our legal defense fund will provide a fair hearing for local people at risk of deportation. We will level the playing field in immigration proceedings where attorneys represent the government but where low-income individuals lack representation. The consequences can include imprisonment and deportation, destroying families and disrupting communities. National studies have found that undocumented immigrants with legal counsel were 10 times more likely to be granted legal residency than those without.  

Our faiths compel us to acknowledge the humanity of all people and to work toward justice as a moral imperative. As one of our donors wrote, "These national issues affect my local neighbors and community ... Thank you." Please join us in making the immigrant legal defense fund a reality.  For more information, see our website at

The Diversity Council is serving as the fiscal agent for the Fund. For large donations, please send a check directly to the Diversity Council (1130 1/2 7th Street NW #204, Rochester, MN 55901), with "Immigrant Legal Defense" in the memo line. 

Counting direct donations through the Diversity Council, we have raised over $30,000 so far toward our goal!

Thank you for your support!

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  • Douglas Nopar 
    • 300 $ 
    • 4 mos
  • Ella and Glenn VanLaningham 
    • 50 $ 
    • 4 mos
  • Angel Morales 
    • 50 $ 
    • 6 mos
  • Andrew Wheeler 
    • 150 $ 
    • 6 mos
  • Kent Bailey 
    • 870 $ 
    • 7 mos


Philip Wheeler 
Rochester, MN
Diversity Council 
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