Weekly Update – 4/13/17

Trump Plan Would Curtail Protections for Detained Immigrants

For the past 15 years there have been protective requirements for jails that hold immigrants facing deportations such as notifying immigration officials if a detainee spends 2 or more weeks in solitary confinement, however, with the Trump administration looking for jail space for its crackdown on illegal immigration, these rules and protections are in danger. The incentive to eliminate these rules and regulations is to entice more sheriffs and local officials to make their correctional facilities available.

Dreamers Aren’t About to Self-Deport

The program that offers modest college scholarships to undocumented students who want to achieve higher education – “Dreamers” – saw a 40% increase in applications. The program was expecting a chilling effect with all of the recent anti-immigration policies – however, these “Dreamers” proved that they will not self-deport.

Hunger Strike at Tacoma Immigration Detention Center Growing, Activist Says

Maru Mora Villalpando, left, organizer of the encampment, talks with supporters Nestora Salgado and Eva Chavez Thursday, April 13, as the hunger strike continues inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

Maru Mora Villalpando, left, organizer of the encampment, talks with supporters Nestora Salgado and Eva Chavez Thursday, April 13, as the hunger strike continues inside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

An anti-detention group spokeswoman says that as many as 750 detainees at the privately run Northwest Detention Center are refusing meals as the strike entered its third day Thursday, April 13. There is currently so sign of ending despite ongoing negotiations between detainees, ICE, and the prison contractor that operates the facility. The detainees are protesting the quality of food, facility hygiene, access to medical care, lack of recreation, and unreasonably high commissary prices. There is also a group of protestors who are staying in a makeshift tent outside the detention center who also say they want to eliminate immigration detention.

Minnesota High School Senior Gets Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

Derek Onserio

Derek Onserio

Derek Onserio, a senior at Providence Academy in Plymouth was accepted to eighty Ivy League schools. Onserio is the son of Kenyan immigrants and wants to start a nonprofit to help at-risk children, saying “Education is the way out.”

U.S. Hits ISIS Target with Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used

According to U.S. Pentagon officials, U.S. forces in Afghanistan struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the “mother of all bombs” – the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military. The Pentagon said it had no early estimate of deaths or damage caused.

Weekly Update – 4/4/17

What is Equal Pay Day? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 4 and is held to symbolize how far into the year women need to work to make what med did the previous year. It is always on Tuesday to represent how far into the work week women must work to earn what men earned the previous week. On average, women make 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, and women of color make even less.

Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayor Races Starting to Heat Up

Click here for information about St. Paul candidates.

Click here for information about Minneapolis candidates.

DFL ward caucuses are starting in late April and there are numerous forums scheduled for both Minneapolis and St. Paul mayoral candidates.

California Today: Defying Trump With Sanctuary Bill

Kevin de Leon, the leader of the State Senate, said legislation to turn California into a so-called sanctuary state would enhance public safety.

Kevin de Leon, the leader of the State Senate, said legislation to turn California into a so-called sanctuary state would enhance public safety.

California’s State Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Monday, April 3 that essentially turns California into a so-called “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants. The legislation prohibits any state or local law enforcement agency from using resources to investigate, detain, report or arrest people for immigration violations. The bill was amended after fierce criticism from the CA State Sheriff’s Association to allow local law enforcement officials to notify ICE of the release date of serious and violent felons. The bill will now move to the Assembly.

Amid Challenges, Rep. Ilhan Omar Find Success as First-Year Lawmaker

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, spoke on Friday, March 24 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, spoke on Friday, March 24 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Omar – the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature – has had a successful and busy first few months. She has introduced  23 bills in her first few months at the Capitol and has found common ground with lawmakers of both parties. She also sits on three House committees – higher education policy and finance, state government finance and civil law and data practices.

 

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By: Alex Bollman

Weekly News Update – 3/20/17

U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines From Eight Countries

Under a new flight restriction enacted Tuesday, March 21 by the Trump administration, passengers on foreign airlines from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries that are headed to the United States have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone. The ban reflects a new consensus among American intelligence agencies that terrorist groups are increasingly trying to find ways to smuggle explosive devices hidden in electronic devices. Hours after the American action, the British government announced its own ban on electronic devices on flights.

Miami Republican Files New DREAM Act in Congress

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo refiled legislation that would allow people brought illegally as children to remain in the country. The “Recognizing America’s Children Act” would offer an eventual path to U.S. citizenship to immigrants who entered illegally before Jan. 1, 2012, and were 16 years old or younger. The bill would initially grant high school graduates without a serious criminal record and who do not rely on public assistance, conditional immigration status. Then, if, over a five-year period, the person earns a higher-education degree, serves in the military or stays employed,  they could apply for permanent residency and, eventually citizenship

 

Delano Kicks Off Anti-Racism Campaign with Candlelight Vigil

A portion of the more than 1000 people who attended the vigil in Delano Sunday night as they held their candles aloft.

A portion of the more than 1000 people who attended the vigil in Delano Sunday night as they held their candles aloft.

People attending the vigil were encouraged to sign a poster with messages of support for the family whose home was vandalized with racist graffiti last week.

After a local black family’s house was broken into and spray-painted with racial slurs last week, more than 1000 residents of the city of Delano, MN and surrounding areas came together for a candlelight gathering over the weekend.Their message was that the community will not tolerate hate and that the community needs to unify everyone together.

Restaurants Band Together to Support Minnesota’s Immigrant Community

Common Roots Cafe was just one of the many businesses that participated in Restaurants Rising.

Common Roots Cafe was just one of the many businesses that participated in Restaurants Rising.

Last week on Wednesday, March 15, dozens of restaurants around the Twin Cities participated in “Restaurants Rising,” a fundraising effort by activism group Small Businesses United, during which these restaurants donated from 10 to 50 percent of their sales to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. “With so many people in our community threatened by the divisive and discriminatory stance the new Trump administration has taken on immigration, many of us are looking for ways to stand up in support of Minnesota’s immigrant community,” said Danny Schwartzman, owner of Common Roots Cafe. 

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By: Alex Bollman

News Update – Week of 3/6

Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants from Six Nations, Sparing Iraq

Trump signed a new executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries () from entering the United States. The new order continued to impose a 90-day ban on travelers but removed Iraq. Among other things, the new order also reversed an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, replacing it with a 120-day freeze that requires review and renewal. Even though this is a new order, the heart of the executive action is still essentially the same.

U.S. Frees Visa-Holding Afghan Family It Detained for 4 Days

Five members of an Afghan family with special immigrant visas were finally released on Monday after more than four days in detention and are now allowed to travel to the Washington town where they intend to settle. This family was stopped by Border Patrol despite that they had completed extensive betting to receive their visas.

Senate Rejects Real ID Measure Over Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

 

The Senate floor gallery was full for the Real ID Bill vote on Monday.

The Senate floor gallery was full for the Real ID Bill vote on Monday.

The MN Senate voted down the Real ID Bill on Monday in a 38-29 vote. The Bill was meant to put the state in compliance with federal driver’s license standards, however, debate continues over whether the Department of Public Safety should be allowed to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants. Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina said the bill was supposed to be about complying with federal law but became about restricting individuals in our state.

Dayton Wants Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

This article was written before the MN Senate rejected the Real ID Bill, however, it is important to note that Governor Mark Dayton is all for enabling undocumented immigrants to get Minnesota’s driver’s licenses and wants the Real ID Bill to help make that happen.

REMINDER: March 8th – A Day Without A Woman

Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day to celebrate, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

International Women's DayThere is also a general strike planned, comprised of three main components listed below, with the intent being to show solidarity and how reliant the economy is on women workers at every level.

Women's Day

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By: Alex Bollman

News Update – Week of 2/27/17

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case of Mexican Teen Slain by Border Patrol

Border Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering an appeal by the parents of an unarmed Mexican teenager, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, who was killed by a U.S. border patrol agent in June 2010. The case could determine the scope of U.S. law and whether non-citizens are by protected by American courts. During oral arguments, the 8 U.S. judges appeared evenly divided.

Trump’s Immigration Policies Explained

This article provides an explanation on Trump’s new and changing immigration policies – who the government is prioritizing for deportation, new policies at the border, new policies regarding expedited removal, and the role that local police (who are different from ICE police) will play in enforcement.

California Demands Info on Immigration Arrests

The California legislature is fighting back against the new Trump immigration policies by demanding information from the administration on recent immigration arrests and raids.

Muslims Give Money to Jewish Institutions That Are Attacked

Cemetary In the past week there have been numerous attacks on Jewish cemeteries. However, people have come together to raise more than $136,000 in donations, and many have pledged to stand behind and financially support Jewish institutions if there are further attacks.

Bill to Crack Down on Minnesota Protesters Advance in House, Senate

This new legislation in Minnesota will increase the penalties for obstructing traffic access to an airport, highway or public transit system (from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor – which could result in up to a year in jail or a $3,000 fine, or both).

Stars Wear Blue Ribbon to Support the A.C.L.U. at the Oscars

Blue Ribbons

Numerous stars and celebrities showed up to the Oscars red carpet wearing a bright-blue ribbon, representing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to show solidarity with the organization which has worked and continues to work to protect individual rights and liberties, especially in the past few months.

By: Alex Bollman, Intern

“In Case You Missed It” – News Update 2/13

More than 2,000 join pro-refugee, pro-immigrant march in Minneapolis Walk of Love Banner Walk of Love March

On Saturday, February 11, over 2,000 people joined a massive march from downtown Minneapolis to the University of Minnesota to show support for refugees and immigrants who may be or have been affected by President Donald Trump’s recent policies. The walk deemed itself “The Caravan of Love.”

Widespread Anti-Trump Protests Take Place Across MexicoMexico Trump Protest

Anti-Donald Trump demonstrations were held in 18 cities across Mexico on Sunday, February 12. The principle behind the demonstrations was to show national unity against the U.S. president. These were the country’s first such protests since President Trump’s inauguration.  

Immigrants are a vital part of Minnesota’s labor force, report says

A study and report released by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs concluded that Minnesota needs to use its existing resources and capital to increase skills for immigrant work and to attract more immigrants to Minnesota to keep pace with its economic growth.

Crossing the border: US migrants seek refugee status in CanadaEmerson

 

A growing number of asylum seekers are illegally crossing the Canada – United States border hoping to receive refugee status, especially at the Canada-Minnesota border. The rural Canadian town of Emerson with a population of only 700 people is stretching its resources to accommodate the continuous stream of incomers.

By Alex Bollman, Intern

“In Case You Missed It” – News Update 2/7

$25 Million Gift to Help U of M Law School’s Center Focused on Immigration

The Center for New Americans was recently part of the team that helped bring Mushkaad, a 4-year old girl to her family in Minnesota from Uganda after President Trump signed the executive order temporarily blocking refugees from entering the United States.

The Center for New Americans was recently part of the team that helped bring Mushkaad, a 4-year old girl to her family in Minnesota from Uganda after President Trump signed the executive order temporarily blocking refugees from entering the United States.

http://www.startribune.com/record-25-million-gift-to-help-u-of-m-law-school-s-center-focused-on-immigration/412923323/

On Monday, February 6, the University of Minnesota Law School announced that $25 million was donated to help fund the school’s Center for New Americans. The Center for New Americans focuses on immigration, asylum, detainee rights, refugee law and policy and works with law firms and nonprofits on immigration issues. For example, the Center has recently filed lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families and has dispatched attorneys and law students to the airport in the wake of President Donald Trump’s efforts to bar immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations.  

Minnesota Suing over Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban

http://www.twincities.com/2017/02/01/minnesota-joins-lawsuit-over-donald-trumps-immigration-ban/

On Friday, February 3, Minnesota joined a number of other states in suing the federal government over President Donald Trump’s executive action putting a temporary ban on immigration from seven countries. The suit alleges that the order violates the equal protection, establishment and due process clauses of the United States Constitution as well as the federal Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

Trump Immigration Executive Order Fight Goes to Appeals Court

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-immigration-executive-order-fight-goes-appeals-court-n717761

On Tuesday, February 7, a federal appeals court on the West Coast will hear oral arguments regarding President Donald Trump’s Executive Order that restricting travel and immigration to the United States from seven countries. The hearing will take place in San Francisco and lawyers from the Justice Department and two states (Minnesota and Washington) who filed lawsuits to block the executive order will participate via telephone conference call.

Starbuck is Now Offering Its Baristas Free Advice on Immigration Law

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https://www.buzzfeed.com/venessawong/starbucks-is-offering-immigration-support-to-employees?utm_term=.kwYRNNqB7#.imW188zqp

Starbuck is one of many large corporations (including Microsoft and Amazon) who are providing free legal advice and guidance on immigration issues in order to help them and their families. Starbucks also announced after President Donald Trump’s immigration ban that the company would hire at least 10,000 refugees from around the world.

By: Alex Bollman, Intern

Forum: Latest update about immigrant rights (Chaska, MN | Feb. 7)

Qué sigue? INMIGRACIÓN, MN DREAM ACT & DACA

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#NoBanNoWall | Defending Immigrants & Muslim Rights (Jan. 29)

#NoBanNoWall

Let’s stand together to protect and preserve human rights. Our immigrant, refugees and Muslim brothers and sisters are becoming target of the national hate politics looking to first cause division and confusion in our cities. Join us for a deep conversation about the role of municipalities and their capacity to create policy and strategies to defend and protect our immigrant, refugees and Muslim communities. United We Stand! This is an open forum for community members, elected officials and legal experts.

January 29, 2017 – 4pm-5:30pm

El Colegio High School | 4137 Boomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699316040359730/