Apologies and a correction: The Pioneer Press story that I highlighted yesterday about the International Institute’s expansion was accurate but old – the “planned” major expansion has been completed. Here’s the current good news on the expansion, as reported by KSTP:
“We added 18,000 square feet, almost doubling our space so that we could expand our services,” said Executive Director Jane Graupman.
“The Institute has been around for 102 years but its programs have recently seen rapid growth, requiring more space.
“They built six new classrooms and interactive labs, where immigrants and refugees can receive free training for careers in hospitality, nursing and more….
“’Immigrants and refugees are 97% of the new workers in our labor force in our state, so our demographics are shifting. There are a lot of baby boomers retiring, so we really have a shortage of workers. That’s a pretty remarkable statistic to see that the majority of people who enter the labor force in Minnesota now are new Americans,’ Graupman said.”
Again — my apologies for missing the old date on the story I highlighted yesterday.
And in other news
Because holding centers are overcrowded, the Border Patrol is paroling some immigrants into the United States, with tracking devices and instructions to report to an immigration court in the United States within two months.
[AP] “The Border Patrol paroled more than 207,000 migrants who crossed from Mexico from August through May, including 51,132 in May, a 28% increase from April, according to court records. In the previous seven months, it paroled only 11 migrants.
“Parole shields migrants from deportation for a set period of time but provides little else. By law, the Homeland Security Department may parole migrants into the United States ‘only on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.’ Parolees can apply for asylum within a year. …
“When agents couldn’t process migrants quickly enough for court appearances last year, thousands languished in custody under a bridge in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. In 2019, cells were so packed that some migrants resorted to standing on toilets….
“The head of the Border Patrol’s parent agency says migrants picked for parole have their criminal histories checked and generally arrive in families with an address where they will stay in the U.S.”
More than 71,000 Ukrainians have entered the United States since the war began. In March, DHS opened the Uniting for Ukraine portal, which allows sponsorship by U.S. residents. At the same time, DHS said it would no longer allow any entry across the Mexican border.
[NBC] “The DHS data suggests that most of those who have entered the U.S. so far came on visas they held or by crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and not through the Biden administration’s Uniting for Ukraine web portal that allows Americans to sponsor Ukrainians they know. …
“DHS said more than 15,000 Ukrainians have entered the U.S. after being approved for sponsorship online and more are expected to come as another 23,000 have been approved but not yet traveled to the U.S. Those approved are responsible for booking their own travel to the U.S. …
“Only 300 Ukrainians have been resettled through the traditional U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, which uses federal funds to bring in United Nations-vetted refugees and resettle them in communities with resources to help find doctors, schools, jobs and connections to their cultures.”