Discussion: Minnesota Immigration Reform
Minnesota has a long history of helping those in need; from the “mercy wheat” mission of 1946 where we sent wheat from Climax, MN to starving Europeans ravaged by World War II to opening our homes and communities to Hmong refugees from Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam beginning in the 1970’s. Today, Minnesota’s economy and culture are defined and enriched by the contributions of new Minnesotans from Somalia, Liberia, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central America, Tibet, and more.
Where will Minnesota stand on the heels of the growing crisis of the unaccompanied children of Central America fleeing violence and seeking safety? Will we continue our history of helping those in need?
Joining today’s discussion is Javier Morillo, immigration reform activist and president of the SEIU Local 26—a union representing 6,000 janitors and security officers. Javier will lead a discussion both about what Minnesota’s role should be in helping the children arriving at our borders and also about what we need to do to fix our country’s broken immigration policy.
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