Walz asks ICE to halt deportation proceedings against woman he wanted to pardon
October 14, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz is still trying to win relief for a woman who challenged the Minnesota Board of Pardons' requirement that pardon applications be unanimously approved by the three-person panel.
The governor has asked federal immigration officials to halt deportation proceedings against Amreya Shefa, after she failed to receive a pardon for her 2014 manslaughter conviction for killing her husband in an act that she described as self-defense. Walz is asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to "administratively close" removal proceedings against Shefa while officials consider her applications for nonimmigrant status for crime victims.
"Due to the recent ruling, I am unable to grant Ms. Shefa the clemency that she deserves, leaving her at risk of deportation," Walz wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to Timothy Perry, chief of staff for ICE in Washington, D.C. "Ms. Shefa's life will be in grave danger if she is deported to Ethiopia. She will be vulnerable to the practice of retaliatory killing at the hands of her late husband's family, who have made credible threats against her life."