I’m 18 and I’m voting because my brother can’t

BY: - October 29, 2020

This year hasn’t turned out how I expected it to. This was a year with a lot of milestones for me. I was turning 18, graduating from high school, starting college and voting for the first time.  COVID-19 has affected every one of those milestones. I graduated from high school in a virtual ceremony, instead […]

Biden in final debate vows an immigration overhaul in his first 100 days as president

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night distanced himself from the Obama administration’s handling of undocumented people that led to the highest rate of deportations of any presidency and said he would act swiftly on immigration as president. During the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Biden admitted that the […]

Milan, Minnesota swelled with immigrants. But will the census count them?

BY: - August 25, 2020

This story was contributed by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. MILAN, Minn. — The October chill hit Gabriel Elias like a truck when he reached the airport parking lot in Minneapolis. He recalls surveying the cold, unfamiliar landscape. The trees looked near death. As his uncle drove nearly three hours across the […]


The court’s DACA order is a reprieve, but only that

BY: - June 25, 2020

I was outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. a week ago as the news came down that in a 5-4 ruling, a conservative Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  It was an emotional moment, and things moved quickly.  DACA was implemented in […]

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration challenge to DACA

BY: - June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the Trump administration […]

Refugees from 32 countries resettled in Minnesota in 2018. Where do they live?

BY: - February 12, 2020

More than 800 refugees settled across 20 Minnesota counties in 2019 — continuing a sharply downward trend since the election of President Donald Trump, according to the most recent available data from Minnesota Department of Human Services. Beltrami County made national headlines in January when it became the first county in the state to vote […]


If we’re to keep thriving, Minnesota needs immigrants — especially in Greater Minnesota

BY: - January 27, 2020

Minnesotans are dying. Well, everyone everywhere is dying. The issue in Minnesota is that the births of new Minnesotans will soon be outpaced by deaths, which becomes problematic if you like crops harvested, medical innovations cutting edge, and state coffers full of tax revenues. This trend is particularly true in wide swaths of Greater Minnesota. […]