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Illegal Border Crossings into Canada: Self-Deportation?

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Is self-deportation the new thing in Minnesota? A number of migrants from the U.S. are hightailing it to our northern neighbor by illegally crossing the international border at the Minnesota and North Dakota state lines. A Star Tribune article stated "asylum-seekers" are border jumping because of President Trump's plan to increase deportations. But asylum can be requested in the United States through a lawful process. And unless one is in the country illegally, fear of deportation shouldn’t be a factor. Therein lies the problem. Those fleeing to Canada know laws were broken, and their deportation is more likely. They also know Canada has a more lax border. Canadian...

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Dayton Wants Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

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Despite being a "strong advocate" for fixing Minnesota driver's licenses in 2015, Governor Dayton is adding another hurdle to passage of the Real ID bill: driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. I always thought if someone broke the law, there would be consequences, not accommodation. Driving is a privilege, not a constitutional right. Even when it comes to legal citizens. In the Minnesota Driver’s Manual, Public Safety Commissioner Ramona Dohman says driving is a “privilege,” and there are “state laws, rules, and techniques to follow in order to drive safely and legally in Minnesota.” According to Dayton, unlicensed immigrants are driving on the roads without...

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A Day Without Immigrants?

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The Star Tribune headlines: "Many Twin Cities businesses closing Thursday for 'Day Without Immigrants' protest." A growing number of restaurants and other businesses across the Twin Cities will close Thursday in solidarity with a national protest dubbed “Day Without Immigrants.” The one-day protest organized through social media urges immigrants not to attend work, open their businesses, spend money or send their children to school in reaction to President Trump over his immigrant policies. What "immigrant policies" are those? The Strib is missing a key word: illegal. That word appears nowhere in the article. The idea is to send a message that the “country is...

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