Incoming Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has chosen John Keller to be his Chief Deputy Attorney General.
John Keller currently serves as the leader of the Immigrant Law Center in Minnesota. As leader Keller has made it a priority to advocate in support of giving legal status to all illegal immigrants. The advocacy section of the website of the law center states “Reform should include a timely and affordable way for current immigrants and their families, regardless of status, to become documented legal participants in our society.”
Pioneer Press reports that the center has grown to five offices around the state with 32 staffers and 350 trained volunteer attorneys.
Keith Ellison defended his pick to the media stating “I can think of no one better suited to help me serve the people of Minnesota,” Ellison said in a statement. “For many years, John has successfully managed and grown a well-respected nonprofit legal practice that has helped people of all backgrounds navigate complex areas of the law so that they can afford their lives, reach new dreams, and live with dignity.”
Keller for his part seems to indicate that he will continue his immigration agenda while working for Keith Ellison and that Ellison is on board. “It represents the perfect opportunity to continue on a larger scale the work to which I’ve dedicated my professional life: helping to transform lives and strengthen our democratic and legal systems and protections,” Keller said of Ellison’s plans for the office.
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