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Join us in resisting attacks against immigrants, refugees and rising deportations nationally by deepening Minneapolis’s commitment to stand with our immigrant/refugee communities locally. Despite this city’s separation ordinance, Minneapolis residents continue to be detained and deported weekly through Hennepin County Jail and excluded from civil rights and freedoms. Call your local council-member and ask them to support the 13 point Minneapolis Sanctuary Platform now! Cities around the country are already enacting similar policies.

After you call, leave a post here or email us (MIRACMN@gmail.com) letting us know the responses you have received.

Sample script: [Hello, my name is _________ and I am a resident of the ______ ward. I’m upset that community members continue to be detained and deported by immigration from Minneapolis, and deprived of basic rights and freedoms. I am asking that you support the 13 point Minneapolis Sanctuary Platform supported by a diverse coalition of community organizations, organized labor, businesses and faith communities.]

The 13 Point Platform:

1. Fund legal representation for immigrants who are Minneapolis residents who are detained by ICE.
2. Create a Minneapolis Municipal ID available to all city residents regardless of immigration status.
3. Use the city’s influence to press the Hennepin County sheriff and commissioners to stop cooperating with ICE in ways that result in deportations.
4. Shield Immigrants from ICE by implementing policies that reduce their exposure to ICE agents.
5. Hold legal clinics around the city to aid people to apply for residency or citizenship.
6. Guarantee certification of all U Visas by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and adoption of an expedited process (7-day maximum) for people in deportation proceedings.
7. Do a comprehensive review of Minneapolis’s data practices and take all possible measures to prevent ICE from accessing any data they could use to target immigrants.
8. Increase city resources to support vigorous enforcement of employment and labor laws focused on sectors of the economy with high violations which coincide in great part with industries that have a large number of immigrant workers: low-wage, day labor, and informal sector.
9. Strengthen tenants rights and protections in Minneapolis; increase penalties on landlords who exclude, exploit or manipulate their tenants based on their immigration status.
10. Allow non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections that the city has control over.
11. Reveal any ongoing city participation with the so-called “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) program and all affiliates, including the “Strong Cities Network”; release a statement condemning CVE and any similar program that singles out or targets immigrant communities.
12. Enact a city ordinance that strictly prohibits any ICE detention facility or ICE training center from opening or operating within the Minneapolis city limits and that prohibits any municipal entity from entering into any contract with DHS or ICE.
13. Establish a new municipal Office for Immigrant & Refugee Relationships.

Find your ward council-member here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/

Ward 1 Kevin Reich (612) 673-2201
Ward 2 Cam Gordon (612) 673-2202
Ward 3 Jacob Frey (612) 673-2203
Ward 4 Barbara Johnson (612) 673-2204
Ward 5 Blong Yang (612) 673-2205
Ward 6 Abdi Warsame (612) 673-2206
Ward 7 Lisa Goodman (612) 673-2207
Ward 8 Elizabeth Gidden (612) 673-2208
Ward 9 Alondra Cano (612) 673-2209
Ward 10 Lisa Bender (612) 673.2210
Ward 11 John Quincy (612) 673-2211
Ward 12 Andrew Johnson (612) 673-2212
Ward 13 Linea Palmisano (612) 673-2213

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Sanctuario Ya!
Llame a su consejal para exigir que apoye la Plataforma para una Ciudad Santuaria

Júntense con nosotr@s en resistir los ataques en contra de los inmigrantes y el aumento de deportaciones a nivel nacional en exigir que la ciudad de Minneapolis se comprometa a defender a sus comunidades inmigrantes. A pesar de tener una ordinaza de separación en nuestra ciudad, los residentes de Minneapolis siguen siendo víctimas de un sistema injusto en donde cada semana hay inmigrantes detenidos y deportados por las cárceles del condado de Hennepin que niegan darles a los inmigrantes los mismos derechos que tienen sus vecinos.

Llame ya a su consejal y exija que apoye y apruebe todos los 13 puntos de la Plataforma para una Ciudad Santuaria en Minneapolis! Hay ciudades alrededor del país que ya han establecido pólizas semejantes.

Ejemplo: [Hola, mi nombre es _________ y yo soy un/a residente del precinto ______. Estoy decepcionado/a que miembros de nuestra comunidad siguen siendo detenidos y deportados por inmigración en Minneapolis y que están privados de tener derechos básicos como el derecho de votar en sus elecciones locales. Llamo hoy para asegurar que usted apoye los 13 puntos de la Plataforma para una Ciudad Santuaria llevado por una diversa coalición de organizaciones comunitarias, laborales y de fé.

Despues de llamar, mándanos un mensaje a MIRACMN@gmail.com notando la respuesta que recibiste. Gracias!

Los 13 puntos de la plataforma

1. Fondos para la representación legal para inmigrantes residentes de Minneapolis que son detenidos por ICE.
2. Crear una Identificación Municipal disponible a todos los residentes de Minneapolis sin importar su estatus migratorio.
3. Usar la influencia de la ciudad para presionar al sheriff y a los comisionados del condado de Hennepin a que dejen de cooperar con ICE de maneras que resultan en deportaciones.
4. Proteger a los inmigrantes de ICE con la implementación de políticas que reducen su contacto con agentes de ICE.
5. Ofrecer clínicas legales en toda la ciudad para ayudarles a las personas aplicar para la residencia o la ciudadanía.
6. Garantizar la certificación de todas las solicitudes para una “Visa U” por el Departamento de Policía de Minneapolis (MPD) y la adopción de un proceso acelerado (7 días máximo) para personas que están en proceso de deportación.
7. Revisar de forma comprensiva las prácticas con los datos en Minneapolis y tomar todas medidas posibles para prevenir que ICE consigue acceso a cualquier datos que podrían usar en contra para apuntar a los inmigrantes.
8. Aumentar los recursos de la ciudad para apoyar la aplicación vigorosa de las leyes del empleo y labor enfocadas en los sectores de la economía donde hay muchas violaciones que coincidan en gran parte con industrias que tienen muchos trabajadores inmigrantes: sectores con bajo salario, jornaleros, y el sector informal.
9. Fortalecer los derechos y las protecciones de los inquilinos en Minneapolis; Aumentar el castigo contra propietarios quienes excluyen, explotan o manipulan sus inquilinos basado en su estatus migratorio.
10. Residentes de Minneapolis que no son ciudadanos deberían tener el derecho de votar en las elecciones municipales en que la ciudad ejerce control.
11. Revelar cualquier participación que la ciudad todavía tiene con el programa denominada “Contra el Extremismo Violento” (en inglés “Countering Violent Extremism” o “CVE”) y otros programas afiliados incluso la “Red de Ciudades Fuertes”; Pronunciarse en contra de CVE y otros programas parecidos que ponen en el blanco comunidades inmigrantes.
12. Implementar una ordenanza en la ciudad que estrictamente prohíbe la presencia de cualquier institución de detención o centro de entrenamiento de ICE dentro de Minneapolis y que prohíbe a cualquier entidad municipal de entrar en un contrato con DHS o ICE.
13. Establecer una nueva Oficina Municipal de Relaciones Inmigrantes y Refugiados.

Busca tu representante aquí:
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/

Ward 1 Kevin Reich (612) 673-2201
Ward 2 Cam Gordon (612) 673-2202
Ward 3 Jacob Frey (612) 673-2203
Ward 4 Barbara Johnson (612) 673-2204
Ward 5 Blong Yang (612) 673-2205
Ward 6 Abdi Warsame (612) 673-2206
Ward 7 Lisa Goodman (612) 673-2207
Ward 8 Elizabeth Gidden (612) 673-2208
Ward 9 Alondra Cano (612) 673-2209
Ward 10 Lisa Bender (612) 673.2210
Ward 11 John Quincy (612) 673-2211
Ward 12 Andrew Johnson (612) 673-2212
Ward 13 Linea Palmisano (612) 673-2213

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Here are video clips from the press conference Sep. 20 launching the Minneapolis Sanctuary Platform.  Read the platform here.

Aqui hay partes de la conferencia de prensa el 20 de septiembre lanzando la Plataforma de Santuario para Minneapolis. Haz clik aquí para leer la plataforma.

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More details and RSVP on facebook here. Mas detalles y RSVP en facebook aquí.

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The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) strongly condemns the Executive Orders signed by President Trump last week on immigration and refugee policy, which we consider to be rooted in the Trump administration’s white supremacist and racist beliefs about who has the “right” to be in the United States and who poses a threat of terrorism. Rather than achieving the stated goals of improving national security, the executive actions undermine our constitutional and moral obligations  to protecting the human rights of immigrants, refugees, and religious freedom.

The EO on border security and interior immigration enforcement signed last Wednesday directs the planning and construction of a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The construction of a southern border wall was one of Trump’s more controversial and effective rallying cries during the election season. More walls and fences, increased militarization of the border, and increased border agents will not serve to make us safer, it will only increase misery and death along our border for people fleeing persecution and economic/political situations created by the United States.  The border wall constitutes a physical manifestation of Trump’s racism towards immigrants.. Additionally, it is a gross waste of taxpayer money. Despite his arrogant and guileless assertions that “Mexico would pay for it,” the EO orders the allocation of all sources of Federal funds for the wall’s design and construction, while preparing Congressional budget requests for the current and upcoming fiscal years.  MIT Technology Review estimates construction costs for about 1,000 miles of border wall at between $27 – $40 billion dollars, calling it a “fat chance” to keep costs in line with Trump’s $8 – 12 billion campaign promise.  Shortly after the EO’s announcement, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled his plans to meet with Trump, while reaffirming his country’s refusal to foot the bill.

MIRAC likewise adamantly opposes the EO’s mandate to build more detention centers along the southern border to incarcerate Central American refugees while they pursue their legal right to asylum under U.S. immigration law.  For several years, MIRAC has protested the detention of asylum-seekers in remote locations as inhumane and an unnecessary barrier to competent representation.  More recently, MIRAC has opposed the detention of women and children asylum-seekers in private immigration detention facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania as a violation of children’s basic human right to freedom from incarceration.  Existing data shows that a significant percentage of individuals arriving at the southern border from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have viable asylum claims.  It is our strong belief as an organization that the expansion of the immigration-prison-industrial complex will do very little to further national security, rather it will serve to exacerbate the already stark conditions on the border for people who have come to the United States seeking safety and protection.

Furthermore, MIRAC rejects the EO’s mandate for the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to engage with state Governors and local officials to bring new life to the “Secure Communities” program that was initiated under George W. Bush’s administration and was dramatically expanded in early years of the Obama administration.   This program, which finds its legal basis in 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, encourages local law enforcement agents to enter into agreements with DHS to “perform the functions of immigration officers in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens.”  The Secure Communities program has long been criticized for creating distrust of local law enforcement amongst immigrant communities, as well as distracting local police from their supposed  purpose of promoting community safety. Although many cities around Minnesota, such as Minneapolis and St. Paul, have enacted ordinances preventing police from collaborating with federal immigration agents, MIRAC has great concern that Trump’s EO will encourage the racist policing of immigrants and residents by law enforcement agencies that support anti-immigrant policies.  We are encouraged by the many state and local officials around the state who reaffirmed their commitment to reject cooperation with federal immigration officials, despite the EO’s threat to penalize “Sanctuary Cities” by withholding federal funds, and we call on Governor Dayton to adopt a statewide policy rejecting participation at any level in the federal Secure Communities program.

Finally, MIRAC condemns the EO that Trump signed on Friday banning the entry into the United States of non-U.S. citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.  The EO further suspends all refugee admissions for 90 days and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.  MIRAC views the 7-country ban as a thinly-veiled attack against the Muslim religion, as Trump notoriously referred to his intentions of imposing a “Muslim ban” while on the campaign trail.   MIRAC applauds the immediate action of thousands of people who rushed to airports around the country to demand an end to the Muslim ban, and to the ACLU to file a federal lawsuit challenging the Muslim-ban, which resulted in a federal judge issuing a temporary injunction blocking the deportation of anyone stuck in a U.S. airport as a result of the ban.  MIRAC also commends former-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for her courage in defying Trump’s racism by directing Department of Justice Attorney’s not to defend the legality of the EO’s in court.  That Trump swiftly terminated Yates’s employment shall not quell our resistance to Trump’s racist policies, rather it shall fuel our growing movement to defy Trump at every level, in the courts and on the streets.

If you are interested in joining the movement in Minnesota, please visit our Facebook page to find out more information about our resistance campaigns.

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My name is Danielle Robinson Briand.  I am an immigration attorney at the Center for Immigrant Justice, a member of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee and Chair of the State and Local Committee of the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to testify.

As Chief Author of HF 3, Representative Smith has been unacceptably vague in committee meetings this year about why his version of the REAL ID bill specifically excludes undocumented immigrants from applying for a second-tier “noncompliant” driver’s license.

This is not our first go-around on REAL ID, which failed to pass last year literally in the 11th hour of the legislative session, owing to a collapse in Conference Committee negotiations on this very issue.

In a post-session review, the Pioneer Press highlighted the legislature’s failure to pass REAL ID, saying that an “issue tucked into the REAL ID debate proved its demise: the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.  Many senators hope that the state moves in that direction; many House members do not.”[1]

Representative Smith himself discussed the inability of the legislature to achieve REAL ID-compliance last year in a letter to his constituents, throwing blame on the Senate for “holding Minnesota’s driver’s licenses hostage because of controversial special interests” and “by pushing their fringe agenda.”[2]

Sadly, Representative Smith’s words reveal a gross misapprehension of this issue and a complete disregard for the public policy considerations that have driven so many other states to pass REAL-ID legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to access a driving-only license.  In fact, contrary to Representative Smith’s unfounded characterizations of a driving-only license as a “fringe issue,” there was bi-partisan support for this kind of license last year in the Senate and data shows there is a clear trend around the country toward including undocumented immigrants into state licensing systems.  This includes legislation passed since 2013 in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Utah, and Vermont.[3]

Let us move beyond the false debate that has been presented to us thus far on this issue – that including an immigrant exclusion into statute does nothing to change our law.  The reality is that it is a significant deviation from the custom in Minnesota to delegate decisions about licensing requirements to the Department of Public Safety through the process of rulemaking.   We must ask ourselves instead about why the trend is swinging in the direction of licensing more drivers.  That is because legislators in other states have left the immigration politics aside and attuned themselves to the critical public policy issues at stake in creating a license for the undocumented drivers in their state.

Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut had this to say about a REAL-ID compliant bill passed in his state’s legislature in 2013 that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, register their vehicles and get insurance:

“This bill is first and foremost about public safety.  It’s about knowing who is driving on our roads and doing everything we can to make sure those drivers are safe and that they’re operating registered, insured vehicles.”[4]

I bring up the Connecticut example because I lived there when this debate was playing out in the legislature and I remember well that a commitment to improving road safety was the principle rallying point for both sides of the aisle to come together to pass the legislation.  Much like Minnesota, Connecticut is a car-dependent society, that has an underdeveloped public transportation system.  Before the REAL ID law was passed in Connecticut, there were tens of thousands of undocumented and unlicensed drivers on the roadways commuting to work, school and otherwise attending to their daily needs.  This is precisely the situation in Minnesota, where there are likewise tens of thousands of undocumented and unlicensed drivers on our roadways.

I implore you to broaden the discussion on REAL ID and encourage you, our elected leaders, to ask more relevant questions, such as: Why aren’t we more concerned about utilizing this legislation to improve public safety in Minnesota?  Why aren’t we asking for data from these other states to evaluate whether undocumented immigrant drivers are in fact getting driving-only licenses, registering their vehicles, and obtaining car insurance? And why aren’t we asking for data about the public safety and financial impacts of implementing such laws?

These are the kinds of questions that deserve answers before we move this legislation forward.

Thank you.


[1] http://www.twincities.com/2016/05/22/no-transportation-deal-as-legislature-finishes-work-for-year/

[2]http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/pressrelease.asp?pressid=21002&party=2&memid=15447

[3] http://www.ncsl.org/research/immigration/states-offering-driver-s-licenses-to-immigrants.aspx

[4] http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/30/connecticut-lawmakers-approve-driver-licenses-for-illegal-immigrants.html

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March: United against Trump’s agenda! Solidarity with Immigrants!
Wednesday, November 23
5:00 pm
Lake Street & Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/199733550476396/

Join us to speak out and march against Trump’s anti-immigrant and reactionary agenda. These are some of our demands:

* Hands off DACA!
* Stop immigration raids and deportations!
* Stop racist attacks!
* No border wall!
* No anti-Muslim bigotry!
* Defend & Expand Santuary Cities, States, Universities, Churches!
* Release the Minnesota 8!
* Obama: Pardon all immigrants before Jan 20!
* Close the immigrant ‘family detention centers’!

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¡Marcha! ¡Unidos contra la agenda de Trump! ¡Solidaridad con inmigrantes!
Miercoles 23 de noviembre
5:00 pm
Lake Street y Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/199733550476396/

Únete para marchar contra la agenda anti-inmigrante y reaccionaria de Trump. Estas son algunas de nuestras demandas:

* Defender DACA
* Parar las redadas migratorias y las deportaciones
* Poner alto a los ataques racistas
* Decir NO al muro fronterizo
* Decir No al odio anti-musulmán
* Defender y expander los santuarios de ciudades, estados, universidades y iglesias
* Liberen a las Minnesota 8
* Cerrar los Centros de Detención Familiar ya
* Obama: Perdonar a los inmigrantes antes del 20 de enero

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March endorsed by | Marcha endosada por:
(List in formation, alphabetical order)
* Anti-War Committee
* Augsburg Latin American Students (ALAS)
* Boneshaker Books
* CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha)
* Chicana Chicano Studies, St. Cloud State University
* Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB)
* De León & Nestor, LLC
* Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, U of MN
* Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM)
* La Raza Student Cultural Center – UMN
* Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) – No More Deportations Campaign – Minnesota
* Minnesota Peace Action Coalition
* RELEASE MN 8 families
* Students for a Democratic Society at UMN
* Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee Local 14
* Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 Minneapolis
* Welfare Rights Committee

Email MIRACMN@gmail.com to add your organization as an endorser for this march.

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Minnesota activists taking bus to protest Trump at RNC

Press conference at bus departure Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m.

What: Fifty Minnesota immigrant rights activists and other progressive Minnesotans will take a bus to Cleveland, Ohio to join the national protest against Donald Trump and the Republican agenda on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

We will hold a press conference just before the bus leaves for Cleveland.

When: Sunday, July 17 – Press conference at 7:00 pm, bus leaves at 8:00 pm.

Where: 4200 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Who: The bus is organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), an independent, all-volunteer community organization leading the No More Deportations campaign. MIRAC is working in coalition with other progressive organizations and individuals in the Twin Cities.

The demands of the national march are:

  • Dump Trump
  • Say No to the Republican Agenda
  • Stand Against Racist, Anti-Immigrant, and Anti-Muslim Attacks
  • We Demand Peace, Justice and Equality

According to Tracy Molm of the Welfare Rights Committee who is helping to organize the bus trip, “We are going on this bus to make sure Minnesota is strongly represented in the streets of Cleveland during the RNC. We’re saying NO to Trump and his pro-Wall Street, anti-people, racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant agenda.”

According to Brad Sigal of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), “Donald Trump is a civil rights catastrophe. We pledge to resist Donald Trump and any attacks on immigrant families, neighbors and communities.”

The press conference will include statements by participants on the bus trip as well as other community leaders that support the trip. There will be a photo opportunity with the bus participants in front of the bus wearing shirts that say “Minnesota says: Dump Trump.”

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