Resolutions: Driver’s Licenses for all (download)
Whereas the safety of Minnesota’s roads is of paramount concern for everyone, and
Whereas it is imperative that all drivers be properly tested, licensed, and insured, and
Whereas access to safe and affordable private and public transportation is essential for access to education and economic opportunity as well as the daily needs of Minnesota residents, and
Whereas access to private forms of transportation is particularly essential to residents in rural areas of Greater Minnesota where there are unsatisfied needs of transportation available, and
Whereas Minnesota extended a universal right to a driver’s license to all Minnesota residents who were capable and qualified to pass a knowledge and practical driving test in this state until 2003 when the rights of some Minnesotans were revoked based on legal immigration barriers,
Whereas groups as diverse as the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, the United Commercial and Food Workers Union and a steadily growing number of religious organizations in the State have joined in voicing support for restoring an equal right to apply for a Minnesota driver’s license to all Minnesotans of driving age, and regardless of immigration status,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
The State of Minnesota should act now to support the addition of a valid foreign-issued passport and foreign birth certificate, translated into English, to the list of documents that will be accepted as a proof of identity on the Minnesota Driver’s License application,
And that the ________________ Party supports restoring driving rights to undocumented Minnesotans.
Access to Health Insurance download
Whereas Immigration continues to be a politically divisive issue. We firmly believe immigrants, whether documented or not, should have access to quality health care, and
Whereas affordable health services for all immigrants is essential to ensure a basic human rights, as well as promote cost-effective, preventive health care for the whole U.S. population, and contrary to common belief or political rhetoric, giving undocumented immigrants access to insurance is an evidence-based way to actually reduce health care costs, and
Whereas several socioeconomic factors indicate that immigrants (both documented and undocumented) are at greater risk for poor health, and current legislative policy and the new health care reform legislation continue to pose obstacles to the accessibility of health services for both documented and undocumented immigrants, and
Whereas due to the lack of health insurance, immigrants working in occupations with high fatality rates (transportation, material moving, construction) and a higher rate of workplace injury (construction, painters, roofers) are particularly vulnerable to health and financial crises should they have an accident or acute onset of disease and need extended medical care, and
Whereas we believe in a Minnesota where all people feel valued and secure. Where the work we do is valued, and where we have the power to prioritize what matters most to us. Where families have time to laugh and play. Where people care about each other, and for each other. Most of all, a state where this is true for all families – not just white communities who can afford it, and
Whereas Minnesota is nationally considered a leader in health care systems and policy.
Whereas Governor Dayton’s bipartisan healthcare financing task force recommended a study of long term financing models including “Instituting a publicly-financed, privately delivered universal health care system”, and
Whereas, the current system under the Affordable Care Act leaves 30 million Americans uninsured and fails to control spiraling costs, increasing deductibles, premiums, and co-pays that make insurance unusable for many.
Whereas the US pays at least 150% more than any other developed country for healthcare, and has worse outcomes on population health to show for it.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
The State of Minnesota should act now to support and implement a single payer (publicly financed, privately delivered) health care system that includes Minnesota non citizens that have been excluded from ACA
And that the ________________ Party supports an inclusive single payer health care system
Resolution: Immigration Enforcement (download)
Whereas we believe our neighbors should be able to live in our community free from fear, regardless of their immigration status;
Whereas our immigration enforcement system locks up hundreds of thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, exposing families around the U.S. to inhuman confinement conditions and holding individuals without judicial review all at the expense of American taxpayers;
Whereas we believe our law enforcement is under a constitutional obligation to ensure anyone in custody is held with a warrant.;
Whereas we believe our law enforcement must protect the constitutional rights of all Minnesotans, regardless of immigration status;
Whereas we support local law enforcement decisions to limit cooperation with federal immigration when cooperation would violate the constitutional rights of immigrants in our state;
Whereas we support local and state policies that approach detention of immigrants as the last resort;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
The ________________ Party supports the call for an end to unconstitutional immigrant detention and support local and state policies that approach detention of immigrants as the last resort.
Resolution: Immigration Reform download
Whereas we are a nation of immigrants, and we should strongly believe in an immigration system that maintains healthy and vibrant communities, while promoting respect, dignity and permanent protections, and
Whereas there are almost 12 million undocumented immigrants in the US and close to 90 000 undocumented Minnesotans, that are being denied basic rights and protections, and
Whereas the number of deportations is at a record with individuals being deported daily tragically separating thousands of families, and
Whereas immigrant reform must create a process respecting human dignity and family unity, including protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) families, and
Whereas the process to be created must include opportunities to law offenders that do not represent threats to national security or have been convicted of serious crimes, and
Whereas the families vs felons narrative for immigration relief is divisive and incomplete given the relevant conversations on police accountability and racial profiling, and
Whereas groups as diverse coalition of public and private sectors, and a steadily growing number of religious organization in the State and across the nation that have joined in supporting the foundation of keeping families together and giving immigrant families in Minnesota and across the nation the dignity and respect that they deserve by creating a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
Congress should act to create a fair, humane pathway to citizenship for almost 12 million undocumented immigrants that is broad and inclusive and not continent upon border security measures of prospective immigrants; Comprehensive Immigration Reform is long overdue and we ask that the federal government and leadership to commit to the passage of meaningful reform.
And that the ________________ Party supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a fair humane pathway to citizenship for almost 12 million undocumented immigrants.