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