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sanctuary movement paradeThis immigration portal presents the origins of current American immigration policy and the harm done to immigrants, their families, as well as to cities, states, and the national economy, by the current U.S. immigration policy.  The immigration policy 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 policy with references at the end of the paper.   We decided the paper was too long, and it would be better to divide it into eleven sections each with its own references.


The following people contributed to the portal:

Think Again MN Board members:  Jeremy Wieland, John Risken, Wayne Doe, and Carol Woehrer

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


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


II. Immigration Law and Public Policy 


III. Immigrants at Risk




 The  Impact of Immigration Policies on Families, the Community, the Economy, and the Workforce


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


V. Cost to Help Families with a Deported Breadwinner


VI. The Economic Effects of Deportation versus Citizenship


VII. State Demographer on MN's Growing Worker Shortage



 The Conflict between ICE Policies and MN's Equity Goals


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 VIII. Deportation Interferes with Reducing Disparities


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


X. Immigrants Response to Increased Deportation without Recent Serious Crime


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







MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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