On September 15, MIRAc joined with the Welfare Rights Committee and the MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout to demand that Minnesota’s major-party gubernatorial candidates stop ignoring immigrants rights, welfare rights and poor people’s rights. We demanded to know where the candidates stand on immigrants rights issues in Minnesota — the SB1070 copycat bill (HF3830), drivers licenses for all, and collaboration between ICE and local police. We had a visible immigrant rights presence outside the debate between Dayton (DFL), Emmer (GOP) and Horner (I). And some people went inside the debate to demand answers. See some of the protest outside the debate on this video from TheUptake.
And see some pictures from the protest here.
MIRAc handed out a flyer to people going in to the debate with the following questions for all the candidates:
- Do you support full legalization for undocumented immigrants?
- Would you support a moratorium on immigration-related deportations until a federal immigration reform is passed?
- Do you oppose increased militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border?
- What is your stance on programs such as the 287g program that allows local law enforcement to act as federal immigration agents?
- Do you oppose the E-Verify program, which is being increasingly used to fire thousands of immigrant workers around the country?
- Would you oppose the Arizona SB1070 copycat bill in Minnesota, HF3830?
- Do you oppose bills like HF4087 and the law in Lino Lakes, which would make Minnesota an English-only state?
- Would you support HF1718, the bill that would allow all Minnesota residents to get a driver’s license regardless of immigration status?