Minnesota Immigration News, From Babies to Bankers

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Minnesota’s babies and children are increasingly diverse, which means a growth in the population of Dual Language Learners at early childhood, preschool, and elementary education levels. A new study from the Migration Policy Institute looks at the population of DLL children in Minnesota and the implications for Early Childhood Education.

“Minnesota’s DLL population grew by 77 percent between 2000 and 2011-15, when there were 136,000 DLLs across the state. These DLLs exhibit a much higher degree of racial and ethnic diversity than the non-DLLs in Minnesota and are thus driving much of the diversity of the state’s young child population. Minnesota’s DLL population is also significantly more racially and ethnically heterogeneous than DLLs at the national level, a population of about 11.5 million children. Hispanic DLLs are the largest DLL group in Minnesota at 32 percent, followed by AAPI DLLs at 28 percent, Black DLLs at 21 percent, White DLLs at 18 percent, and Native American DLLs at 1 percent….

The study looks at “diversity within diversity,” such as is evidence by this example:

“Minnesota’s 39,000 AAPI DLL families are the fastest-growing racial group in the state, and represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences. This group includes relatively well-off immigrants from India and China, as well as diverse groups of refugees from Southeast Asia who are more likely to live in low-income households.”

The study looks at “super-diversity,” which includes ethnicity, country of origin, languages spoken, immigration status, education, age, and cultural norms, among other factors.

A Worthington banker is enthusiastic about his community’s immigrant population and their contributions to southwestern Minnesota. Greg Raymo, president of First State Bank Southwest in Worthington, sees immigrants as great entrepreneurs and committed homeowners.Their contributions have kept Worthington vital and growing:

“Notably, the town reversed a decades-long decline beginning in the 1990s and has been growing ever since while rural towns across the country have faced aging citizenries and declines in the sort of economic opportunities that encourage young people to stay….”

MinnPost spotlighted Andrea Duarte, a Worthington native and the daughter of immigrants, who is returning home after college with big dreams. She has already started a project to tell the stories of immigrants in Worthington, and now plans to work in local government for at least a few years before heading to grad school

The Minneapolis city council took a big step forward this week, voting unanimously to move ahead with planning for a municipal ID program, which would be a major benefit for undocumented city residents. People need IDs for all kinds of tasks of daily life: picking up children at school, renting an apartment, opening a bank account, picking up prescriptions at a pharmacy. Municipal IDs would make these tasks easier, as well possibly serving as a library or transit card. To get a municipal ID, a person would need to prove identity with a document such as a passport or consular ID card, and also to prove Minneapolis residence.

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About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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