As federal immigration reform efforts have failed in Congress over the past decade, the pressure on our local government to act and stand up for what's right increases.
Locally, we have fought hard to keep families together and have made strides forward.
Last week it was announced that Hennepin County jails will no longer be forced to collaborate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, in the hopes of preventing the wrongful deportation of immigrant families. After so many years of hard work on this I want to thank all the immigrant community members, organizers, advocates, researchers, professors, nonprofit and immigrant rights groups who have continued to stand up against this injustice.
As a Minneapolis Council Member I have pushed hard for this change and I also thank all of my Council colleagues and city staff who have rallied behind this important issue. I will keep working to make sure our immigrant community members do not continue to be stopped and placed in jail simply because they do not have access to a state drivers licence.