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sanctuary movement paradeIntroduction - This immigration portal presents the origins of current American immigration policy and the harm done to immigrants and their families, as well as to cities, states, and the national economy by the current U.S. immigration policy.  The immigration portal emphasizes the importance of human rights as the foundation of immigration policy.  In fact, human rights should be seriously considered in all public policy issues including climate and environmental policy, trade policy, health, education, labor, and prison policies.  The United  States has fallen behind in support of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights Conventions.   The information in the immigration portal was originally written as a single paper with references at the end of the paper.   We decided the paper was too long, and it would be better to divide it into sections each with its own references.

 

 

Video Introduction to U.S. Immigration Law and its Consequences

 

 

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I.  "Immigrant America:  The High Cost of Deporting Immigrants"

 

This first section of the Immigration Portal is a video which introduces many topics covered in subsequent sections.  It relates the experiences of a Guatemalan father who was deported along with those of his wife and their five children who continued to live in Utah.  The story could just as well have been about any other of the hundreds of thousands of families of Mexican, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern background that have been separated as a result of the draconian immigration law of 1996. 

 

This video produced by Roy Germano,1 Professor in the International Relations Department at New York University, goes beyond describing the deportation ordeal of an unauthorized father from Guatemala, who owned a house framing business, and his family.  It also introduces the 1996 "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act" and reveals its failure to respect the human rights of unauthorized immigrants.  It explains some of the impacts of deportation on the wider community including the loss of jobs in immigrant owned businesses, the loss of taxes paid by immigrants, and the need for taxpayers to supplement the financial needs of deportees' families who have become impoverished without the income of their breadwinner.  Subsequent sections of this immigrant portal will explore these topics from the perspectives of demographers, economists, tax reporters, and researchers analyzing the effect of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activites in communities across the country.  Watch the video.

 

 

1. VICE News.  "Immigrant America:  The High Cost of Deporting Parents."   March 29, 2014.
https://news.vice.com/video/immigrant-america-the-high-cost-of-deporting-parents

 

 

 

The Fundamentals of Immigration Policy:  Human Rights, the Law, and the Families at Risk

 

julissa arceII. Respect for Human Rights Should Be the Basis of Immigration Policy

 

III. Immigration Law and Public Policy 

 

IV. Immigrants at Risk

 

 

 

The  Financial Impact of Immigration Policies

 

guatemalan father deported family in utahV. Everybody Loses When Immigrants Are Deported

 

VI. The Costs of Deportation:

     Financial Help to Families

     Education for Traumatized Children

 

 VII. Help for Adults with Lifelong Brain Impairments Caused by Toxic Stress in Childhood

       Summary of Sample City and State Costs

 

VIII. The Economic Effects of Deportation vs Citizenship

 

IX. State Demographer on MN's Growing Worker Shortage

 

 

 The Conflict between ICE Policies and MN's Equity Goals

 

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X. Deportation Interferes with Reducing Disparities

 

XI. The Impact of ICE and Local Police Policies on Immigrants and the Community

 

XII. Immigrants Response to Increased Deportation without Recent Serious Crime

 

XIII. Reasons MN Should Minimize ICE Involvement and  Work toward a National Immigration Policy based on Human Rights

 

 

How Trade Policy Influences Immigration

 

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 XIV. The Impact of Industrial Agriculture on Climate Change, Water Pollution, and Farmers' Incomes

 

XV. Mexican Civil Society Platform on the Start of Renegotiation of NAFTA

 

XVI. Managing Immigration

 

 

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The following people contributed to the portal:

 

 

Think Again MN Board members:

 

Jeremy Wieland:  Circulation Director, Tiger Oaks Media

 

John Risken:  Former College English Teacher and Computer Store Owner

 

Wayne Doe:  MN Department of Human Services Health Care Eligibility Representative; Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute Fellow

 

Carol Woehrer:  Former Coordinator of U of M School of Public Health Long Term Care Administrator Licensure Program; American Studies background with emphasis on Public Policy in Aging and Ethnicity and the Family.

 

 

Think Again MN Volunteers:

 

Attorney licensed in Washington, D.C; taught law in the Republic of Georgia on an Open Society

International Scholar Fellowship and in Lithuania as a Peace Corps Volunteer: Lynette  Andresen

 

The Connections Lab Framing and Communications Consultant:  George Greene

 

Former Audit Project Team Leader at the Metropolitan Council:  Brian Hanninen

 

Retired Nurse and Citizen Activist:  Kathleen Malecki

 

Software Developer and Philosophy Teacher currently working on "The Logic of Practical  

Inference:"  Ronald Susskind

 

 

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