Weekly News Update – 3/20/17

U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines From Eight Countries

Under a new flight restriction enacted Tuesday, March 21 by the Trump administration, passengers on foreign airlines from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries that are headed to the United States have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone. The ban reflects a new consensus among American intelligence agencies that terrorist groups are increasingly trying to find ways to smuggle explosive devices hidden in electronic devices. Hours after the American action, the British government announced its own ban on electronic devices on flights.

Miami Republican Files New DREAM Act in Congress

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo refiled legislation that would allow people brought illegally as children to remain in the country. The “Recognizing America’s Children Act” would offer an eventual path to U.S. citizenship to immigrants who entered illegally before Jan. 1, 2012, and were 16 years old or younger. The bill would initially grant high school graduates without a serious criminal record and who do not rely on public assistance, conditional immigration status. Then, if, over a five-year period, the person earns a higher-education degree, serves in the military or stays employed,  they could apply for permanent residency and, eventually citizenship

 

Delano Kicks Off Anti-Racism Campaign with Candlelight Vigil

A portion of the more than 1000 people who attended the vigil in Delano Sunday night as they held their candles aloft.

A portion of the more than 1000 people who attended the vigil in Delano Sunday night as they held their candles aloft.

People attending the vigil were encouraged to sign a poster with messages of support for the family whose home was vandalized with racist graffiti last week.

After a local black family’s house was broken into and spray-painted with racial slurs last week, more than 1000 residents of the city of Delano, MN and surrounding areas came together for a candlelight gathering over the weekend.Their message was that the community will not tolerate hate and that the community needs to unify everyone together.

Restaurants Band Together to Support Minnesota’s Immigrant Community

Common Roots Cafe was just one of the many businesses that participated in Restaurants Rising.

Common Roots Cafe was just one of the many businesses that participated in Restaurants Rising.

Last week on Wednesday, March 15, dozens of restaurants around the Twin Cities participated in “Restaurants Rising,” a fundraising effort by activism group Small Businesses United, during which these restaurants donated from 10 to 50 percent of their sales to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. “With so many people in our community threatened by the divisive and discriminatory stance the new Trump administration has taken on immigration, many of us are looking for ways to stand up in support of Minnesota’s immigrant community,” said Danny Schwartzman, owner of Common Roots Cafe. 

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By: Alex Bollman

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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.