XIII. Why MN Should Minimize ICE Involvement Print E-mail


U.S. Should Shift from Leading World in Prisoners

to the World's Leader in Human Rights



Now is the time for our country to design an immigration policy that is worthy of a democracy, shows full respect for our immigrants, and helps them to participate fully in our communities and our democracy. It should include green cards for immigrants living in MN 5 years or more without serious crimes and a path to citizenship in 3 to 5 years. In the meantime, we should join with other cities, nonprofits, businesses, and faith based organizations to encourage our elected officials to make MN a state that will not collaborate with ICE in deporting our immigrants who have not committed recent serious crimes and who do not have judges' warrants. The state of MN should request minimum ICE involvement in the state due to the high costs of services for families in need for extensive help, harm to the state's communities, and interference with MN's goals for reducing income, employment, education, arrest, and incarceration disparities.


The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was signed by leaders of 192 nations in 1948.  Most nations have ratified the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights since that time, but not the United States.  It is time that the United States move from being the nation that incarcerates the largest number of its residents to the nation that leads the world in human rights by making human rights a top consideration in public policies.  MN has been one of the lowest states in imprisoning people.  However it is one of the states with the highest number of people on probation.  People thought that probation was a good idea, but didn't realize the extensive limits probation places on a person's life.  For citizens who have been on probation, it means the person has more difficulty getting a job, getting a loan for school or a home, and getting help with their education.  For residents of our state, who are not citizens, it has meant they are more likely to be deported.  Government agencies as well as nonprofit organizations are diligently working to reduce MN's leading disparities.  Current deportation policies and ICE procedures undermine our state's goals.





ICE policies harm immigrant families, residents, communities, and businesses.



A policy of non support of ICE deportation activities outside of federal felony warrants from judges is important because:


1) Deportation causes harm to the individual deported and to family members1 remaining in our community.


2) ICE Deportation policies hold people responsible for failure to follow our immigration laws under circumstances which were not of their own choosing and were beyond their own control.


3) Deportation involves substantial costs to the taxpayers of our cities, counties, states, and the nation.


4) Deportation of workers lowers the amount of state and federal income taxes paid.


5) Deportation destabilizes communities.


6) With missing parents and traumatized children, deportation makes it more difficult for schools to educate the upcoming generation.


7) Deportation reduces the number of employees available2 to maintain businesses in MN at a time when MN's workforce is declining due to demographic changes in MN's population. These changes include the retirement of the large baby boomer generation, the smaller families in younger generations of the Caucasian population, and the increase in young adults moving to other states.


8) ICE policies of deporting immigrants undermine the State of MN's goals of reducing its nation leading disparities in education, income, and incarceration and the cities' goals of promoting diversity in government and business workforces and policies that are equitable for diverse populations.





1.  VICE News. "Immigrant America: The High Cost of Deporting Parents." March 29, 2014.


2.  DePass, Dee and Roberts, Catherine.  “Star Tribune 50:  Employers seek skilled hands, minds.”    Star Tribune, May 23, 2017.








Minnesota Joins California DACA Lawsuit



In September, California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's decision1 to rescind protections from deportation granted to certain young immigrants. Attorney General Xavier Becerra stated, "It just so happens that one of every four of the DACA recipients in this country – some 200,000 – live and work and call California their home, and they've been helping California become the sixth-largest economy in the world."2 California's lawsuit was joined by Minnesota, Maryland and Maine. Fifteen other states and the District of Columbia have filed another lawsuit.2 Though some law experts doubt that states can claim that deportation harms them, one has to wonder if they have been reading demographers, economists, and business leaders who have researched and analyzed the impact of ICE deportation policies on cities, states, and the nation.

The University of California also sued the Trump administration over its decision to end the DACA program. Janet Napolitano, President of the University of Southern California, stated that members of the University of California community "represent the best of who we are — hard-working, resilient and motivated high achievers. To arbitrarily and capriciously end the DACA program, which benefits our country as a whole, is not only unlawful, it is contrary to our national values."3


1. Alan Neuhauser. "Trump Administration Announces End to DACA." But in rescinding the program, the president gave Congress wide latitude to step in and save it. U.S. News and World Report, September 5, 2017.

2. Levy, Gabrielle. "California Sues White House Over DACA." Taking away government-granted protections is ‘unlawful and mean-spirited,’ the California attorney general said. U.S. News and World Report, September 8, 2017

3. Thanawala, Sudhin and Williams, Juliet. "University of California Sues Over Trump Immigrant Decision, Associated Press, September 8, 2017.











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