Immigration, the lifeblood of Minnesota

Video and reporting: Bill Sorem

According to Jeff Hollis, since 2010 Minnesota experienced a net gain in population due to migration of 82,000 residents. There was a net loss of 26,000 due to migration to other states and a net gain of 108,000 from other countries.

The Minneapolis League of Women Voters Civic Buzz met at the BlackForest Inn on October 1, 2019. The announced topic was, ” IMMIGRATION: CURRENT TRENDS AND ISSUES IN MINNEAPOLIS AND MINNESOTA.” The four panel members were Justin Hollis from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Research Team will talk with us about current immigration situation in our city and state as it relates to our overall quality of life.

Michelle Rivero, Director of the Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Departmant, will speak with us about her work advising the Mayor, City Council and City Departments on federal immigration policies and local developments. Lindsey Greising, Staff Attorney, Refugee and Immigrant Program of The Advocates for Human Rights will address immigrant issues through the lens of research, education and advocacy with a focus on migration and trafficking, and Hennepin County Commissioner, District 3, Marion Greene.

The panel discussed the complexity of immigration issues, and the involvement of a number of agencies, They also underscored the importance of getting all residents counted in the upcoming census. There is some hesitation in the immigrant communities because of the aggressive moves of ICE and other government agencies. Minnesota is endanger of losing a Congressional seat in the realignment after the census.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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