My Dear Community,
Last night, President Obama announced that, out of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country, close to 5 million would be able to obtain work permits and protection against deportation. This presidential decree constitutes the most significant action on the issue of immigration at the federal level in the last 50 years.
There is no doubt that we have struggled tirelessly for this change. It was your voice that ignited the flame of social justice in the hearts of our friends and strangers. It was the sound of your feet marching that awakened the courage of our community and allowed us to overcome our fear. It was this journey, with your thousands of victories and defeats, that made us strong and allowed us to achieve this change.
And have no doubt that we will continue fighting.
In moments like this I remember the first days of my work as an organizer—from helping to coordinate a march of 40,000 people for dignity and justice to my role in bringing more than 1,000 young people to the state capital to support the MN Dream Act. I, like many of you, arrived in this country as an immigrant and I am the daughter of parents who were undocumented. I grew up with the thirst to grow a better world and this is why I continue the work to advance the rights of the immigrant community.
Today, as the representative of the Minneapolis Ward with the highest population of Latinos, I bring my experience as an organizer struggling for the rights and well-being of immigrant families to my work as a policy maker. We have already begun this line of work within the city of Minneapolis and I hope to be able to share concrete goals with you all shortly.
I know that working together we will be able to use the President’s executive order to promote equity, and open doors for all. And although this order is a step in the right direction, it is not the end, rather another chapter in our longer journey for the respect and dignity that all people deserve.
Seizing courage and strength to move forward,