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

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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.