On April 5, Governor Mark Dayton let two Executive Orders concerning immigration left over from former governor Tim Pawlenty expire. The first was the order mandating employers with state contracts to check new employees using the E-Verify federal immigration database (see it here). The second order was one that directed cooperation with immigration authorities (ICE) to carry out deportations and other punitive enforcement wherever possible, including the “Criminal Alien Program” (CAP) and 287g agreement with the Department of Public Safety, among other things (see it here). CAP is responsible for numerous deportations in Minnesota, and is implemented in the county jails. 287g is a program that trains police officers to act both as local police and as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
According to the Pioneer Press coverage, “The governor is still reviewing the lapsed immigration order on law enforcement and will issue a new order this week to address the relationship between state and federal authorities on immigration laws, Dayton spokeswoman Katie Tinucci said.”
Since Governor Dayton is considering right now what actions to take related to immigration enforcement, it’s really important for us to send a strong message to Governor Dayton now:
No More Deportations in Minnesota!
No 287G! No “Secure Communities”! No “Criminal Alien Program”!
How to contact Governor Dayton:
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Here’s a sample message for Governor Dayton:
Hello Governor Dayton
This is___________________. I am calling to support your action last week allowing the lapse of Gov. Pawlenty’s anti-immigrant executive orders.
E-Verify, and other cooperation agreements with ICE such as 287g and the “Criminal Alien Program” (CAP) lead to deportations and separation of families, and criminalize the Latino community. We believe that these types of programs are diminishing the community and forcing people to live in the shadows, at the same time are increasing mistrust between the police and the community.
We ask you to reject all ICE programs that would increase deportations in Minnesota. Specifically we ask you to protect families by rejecting 287g agreements, and rejecting the Secure Communities program and the Criminal Alien Program (CAP). Minnesota does not benefit from more deportations and separation of families.
1. Gov. Pawlenty’s lapsed Executive Order requiring that companies with state contracts use the E-Verify system: http://www.leg.mn/archive/execorders/08-01.pdf
2. Gov. Pawlenty’s lapsed Executive Order directing cooperation with federal immigration authorities (including CAP and 287g agreement with Dept. of Public Safety): http://www.leg.mn/archive/execorders/08-02.pdf
3. Pioneer Press article, April 4, 2011: Dayton lets Pawlenty Immigration Orders Expire http://www.twincities.com/ci_17772315?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com&nclick_check=1