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

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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.