We have several Minnesota immigration stories today: Fear in Worthington, Real ID and drivers’ licenses for immigrants, Minneapolis Public School meetings for immigrants, and a stroll through “Little Mogadishu” in Minneapolis. Plus – national stories ranging from H1-B visas to offshoring refugees.
Worthington, a city of immigrants, braces for raids, deportations (Star Tribune, 3/1/17) Families are living in fear in this small (13,000) Minnesota town where 40 percent of the population is Latino.
“Now is the time … for families to figure out who should take care of the children, the home, and the mortgage left behind if both parents are ultimately detained or deported….
“St. Mary’s responded by opening its doors, promising sanctuary for undocumented workers if immigration agents return to town. Parishioners now are quietly volunteering to open their homes as shelters if necessary, and to act as guardians for detainees’ children….
“Many undocumented workers have been trying to find a legal means to stay in the country for years. One couple spent thousands of dollars on attorneys, only to be deported, leaving two teenage sons behind.”
“Dayton insists he’s been up front with Republicans about the immigrant license issue all along. The same disagreement prevented a final resolution on Real ID last session.
“Allowing licenses for unauthorized immigrants would improve public safety, Dayton said. But it would need explicit legislative approval, which he wants in the bill.”
Dayton wants driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants (Pioneer Press, 3/1/17)
“In the wake of the national policies and enforcement actions that have been happening around immigration, we want to remind families that we’re committed to being a welcoming space for everyone,” Graff said. “We just want to lend support wherever possible.”
Go inside ‘Little Mogadishu,’ the Somali capital of America (Star Tribune, 3/1/17) Visiting Cedar-Riverside, the “Somali Starbucks,” a barbershop, a makeup studio, and more. “The Cedar-Riverside area has long been a magnet for new arrivals. Today, it’s mainly East Africans breathing new life into it.”
“Trump Is Resurrecting the Scare Tactics”: Prof. Kelly Lytle Hernández on Trump’s Deportation Plans (Democracy Now, 3/1/2017)
In Move Recalling Nazi-Era Policies, Trump to Create Office to Track Crimes Committed by Immigrants (Democracy Now, 3/1/2017)
The Rise of Refugee Offshoring (The Atlantic, 3/1/17)
” The sentiment that displaced people should return home rather than resettle permanently in the U.S. complements a longer-term shift in migrant policy driven by the Trump administration, which seeks to move both the people and the focus of policy off of U.S. shores.
“Trump’s other major move toward refugee offshoring came amid the flurry of actions on immigration and relations with Mexico. In a memo released last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security outlined a plan to return apprehended illegal immigrants to Mexico, even if they weren’t Mexican citizens. The idea was shot down quickly, with Mexico’s government dismissing it out of hand. But while this version of the plan may be dead, migrant and refugee offshoring is an idea gaining ground globally.”