“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

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Juventino Meza is an internationally recognized champion for human rights, a non-profit executive and leader in civic engagement. His work is focused around Latinos, higher education, LGBT communities, immigration policy and democracy. Juve co-founded NAVIGATE MN, a leadership development program, and co-founded the Capitol Pathways internship program for college students and Native American students as an effort to racially diversify who works in and around state government. In 2013, Juve played a critical role in building a broad coalition to get President Obama to create DACA in 2012 and pass the MN Dream/Prosperity Act in 2013. Juve is a member of the Latino Economic Development Center’s Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee & serves in the Saint Paul’s Mexican Consulate’s Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Fellowship Program selection committee. Juve is the youngest recipient of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican Government’s highest recognition for a civilian Mexican living outside Mexico, & is recipient of the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Juve was named one of the “25 Under 25” by OutFront Minnesota in 2012. Juventino Meza is graduate of Augsburg College and currently attends William Mitchell School of Law.