KIMT News 3 – Many immigrants and people who work with them are breathing a sigh of relief after an announcement that an immigration office would not be moving.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office was in the works of moving from their current location near the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota to a new location in Minneapolis.
The problem that immigration attorneys and others raised was the fact that the new location would be three miles from the nearest bus stop.
“There are many people going to the Bloomington office right now that take the metro transit and then it’s like half a block to go from the stop from the metro transit to the office in Bloomington. Just imagine when it’s 20 below during the winter,” said Catherine Bauer of Bauer Immigration Law Firm in Rochester.
She said that people in our area typically have to find a friend or some other way to get to the office other than public transportation anyway.
“For us, I don’t think it would have made a big difference, but for the population within the Twin Cities, I think it was really making a big difference because these people use common transportation,” Bauer said.
The General Services Administration already signed a multi-million dollar contract to lease the new building for more than ten years. So they say they will find another government tenant for the building that is being constructed.