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The Opportunity Presented by Ending DACA

Creating Immigration and Trade Policies that

Meet International Human Rights Standards



Tuesday, September 19

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program



Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN


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The topics of our September forum are aspects of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement that need to be renegotiated, the situations of immigrants in MN who could become subject to deportation, and how we'd like our immigrants treated in Minnesota. Under the original NAFTA, industrial agricultural corporations were able to sell crops that had U.S. government subsidies below the cost of production. This impoverished farmers in Mexico, who did not have subsidies and could not match the industrial agriculture price with their home grown products leading over two million Mexican farmers to migrate to the U.S. in search of jobs that would enable them to send money home to support their families.



stevesuppanThe Impact of Trade Agreements on Immigration


Dr. Steve Suppan - Senior Policy Analyst

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)


Dr. Suppan will explain the history and provisions of the original NAFTA, the serious problems it caused, and what needs to be changed in the Renegotiated NAFTA to protect workers and farmers.  Dr. Steve Suppan has been a policy analyst at IATP since 1994. Much of his work involves explaining U.S. agriculture, trade, and food safety policy to foreign governments and nongovernmental organizations, especially farmer organizations. This work has taken him to about 35 countries, most recently Costa Rica, South Africa and Mexico. IATP is part of a thriving community of analysts, farmers, organizers, and activists who fight tirelessly to make public policy more fair and just. 



wayne doeDACA and DED Immigrants on Departure Extensions

 Wayne Doe - MN Department of Human Services, HCEO

Think Again MN Board Member


Wayne Doe will tell us about the large number of young people on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and about immigrants from Liberia that have been given Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) due to expire in March 2018 as well as DACA extensions for living in the United States.   He will explain what that means for their current lives and plans for the future.  Wayne Doe is an experienced leader, business coach, organizational strategist and planner, and immigrant community specialist. He currently works in Health Care Eligibility and Access operations at the MN Department of Human Services.  Wayne approaches management and leadership by creating an inclusive environment through diversity. 




The Big Gap between International Human Rights and U.S. Immigration Policy

Who Gets to Take Care of the Families of Deported Immigrants? You Do!


Carol Woehrer - Program Director, Think Again MN


carol woehrerCarol Woehrer will discuss the big difference between principles in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S. Immigration Law of 1996 currently enforced.   She will also give an estimate of the potential cost of helping deported immigrants' families.  Carol has taught philosophy, ethics, logic, and social gerontology, coordinated an education program for licensure of long term care administrators, and worked on research on how values are passed on in three generation German and Irish Catholic families. 



Come with your ideas on what you think would be best for Minnesota and how we can attain that.


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