“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

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About Juventino Meza

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.