If legal remedies are exhausted, it's time to take to the streets
Cops will have to ask brown people for their papers
Local immigration attorneys are up in arms over the United States embassy in Nairobi's refusal to issue certain visas to Somali applicants. At issue are I-130 applications by Somalis in America, which are petitions to bring over family members. United States Customs and Immigration Services has to ... More >>
This January, we brought you "The Lothario Notario," a feature exposing a local con artist who scammed hundreds of immigrants out of thousands of dollars.Chris LaRiche set up an office downtown at the Fifth Street Towers and claimed he could help undocumented immigrants fix their legal status. H ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Lothario Notario," reveals how a local man allegedly scammed undocumented immigrants with false promises of citizenship.Mario Alberto Martinez-Alanis used the fake name "Chris LaRiche" and promised to get jobs and legal status for undocumented immigrants who came to ... More >>
Chipotle boss says immigration system "is really messed up."Chipotle boss Monty Moran wants comprehensive immigration reform after immigration raids cost the company hundreds of jobs in Minnesota. Chipotle began a mass-firing of Minnesota employees last December after immigration authorities ... More >>
Michele Bachmann and Joe Arpaio: best friends forever?Michele Bachmann went to Arizona this week for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's endorsement. She didn't get it, and likely won't. But Bachmann did confess that America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" gave her a pair of the pink boxers he forces inma ... More >>
Gracious in victory.Rep. Steve Drazkowski, the GOP legislator from Mazeppa, is showing the class of a champion. This week City Pages bestowed upon Drazkowski our annual "Best Villain" award, citing the impressive raft of retrograde legislation he has launched in the past year. Kind of a ba ... More >>
What Would Comprehensive Immigration Reform Look Like If the Feds Got Off Their Duffs?
Do illegal immigrants depress American wages?We're not going to solve the illegal immigration debate here and now, but the story we broke yesterday about Chipotle going on a mass-firing binge of Latino workers prompted some smart comments from some of our readers. We want to highlight one.
Project Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
Phoenix deputy's tale of being shot by drug smugglers doesn't add up
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum
Fibonnacci BlueAmerica's pastime gets politicalChanting "Stop the Hate! Move the game!" protesters crashed a quarterly meeting of Major-League Baseball owners at the Graves Hotel yesterday, demanding that the All-Star game be moved from Arizona unless the state repeals its controversial new i ... More >>
Part of the Amongst Us series
A penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Green Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone
Are your papers in order?
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: 'ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone'
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Twin Cities foes of Arizona's controversial new anti-immigration law picked a new target Monday evening: The Jimmy John's sandwich shop at 600 Hennepin Avenue. (Video after the jump.) Arizona Boycott Clearinghouse says Jimmy John's is a protest target because founder James Liautaud contribut ... More >>
Murdered Southern Arizona rancher Rob Krentz's family talk about his life and death
A new Rassmussen poll finds that while Minnesotans are more liberal than other Americans in their opinions on illegal immigration, that's not necessarily saying much.Sure, Minnesota came in second to last among the 16 states polled on the question of whether police should have to check the im ... More >>
From Ground Zero of the Immigration Crisis Along the Mexican Border
As we posted a while back, local rapper Toki Wright recently recorded his own version of Public Enemy's "By the Time I Get to Arizona" in response to the Arizona immigration bill. Today, Wright released an awesome video to accompany the song, shot during the May Day march through the streets of Minn ... More >>
Photo: drcuervoDolan and Harrington don't want to see your papersMinneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan and St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington have just issued a joint statement saying they are dead set against the Arizona-style anti-immigrant bill introduced to the state House yesterday by St ... More >>
No Mexicans need apply, as far as Steve Drazkowski's concernedHe threatened he'd do it, and now he has: Republican state Rep. Steve Drazkowski has introduced a bill in the Minnesota House he says is modeled after the hardline anti-immigration law just passed in Arizona. "The Democrats won't ... More >>
Photo: fibonacciblueImmigrant rights activists took to city streets on SaturdayThe local backlash against Arizona's controversial new anti-immigrant law got loud and crowded over the weekend when about 2,000 marchers clogged downtown Minneapolis to express their outrage at the legislation. T ... More >>
Calling Arizona's new hardline anti-immigrant law "a dangerous example for the rest of the country," St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said today he's ordering a boycott of all city-paid travel to the state. Signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, the legislation "will create a culture whe ... More >>
Anti-immigrant groups are urging followers to buy the costume and wear it this Halloween to protest Target's decision.
The agent who ordered the arrest of "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui joins a law firm known for its aggressive defense of immigrant rights
For Minnesota hospitals, sick immigrants mean an unhealthy bottom line
KSTP targets a U of M instructor in the name of protecting America's borders
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision sends a Minnesota detainee back to Somalia
Quito Ziegler takes her freedom ride photos on the road
St. Paul considers safeguards against federal immigration policies
The justice department fights to deport a Somali refugee
Meet the neighbors
Love, marriage, and the maddening plight of a Russian bride
Thousands of Somalis fled when their country committed suicide a decade ago. Now the local INS office has found a way to send them back.
Under a new law, the INS prepares to kick out thousands of immigrants who have done nothing wrong--except play by the rules.