Immigrant Rights & Protections
I'm proud to support our new American communities here in Minneapolis. Ours is a nation built on the dreams and hard work of immigrants from across the world. That proud tradition shouldn't stop because Donald Trump is in office. Here in Minneapolis, we can do more than just resist this administration, we can be a beacon of inclusivity for the rest of the nation.
- Defend New Americans from Trump's ICE. The mayor has direct control over the police department. Because of our separation ordinance, I am hopeful that we will be able to thwart Trump in his mission to destroy our New American communities without losing federal funds, but, even if we do lose federal money, I will not give an inch. I am willing to compromise on many things as mayor, but human rights, dignity, and safety will be non-negotiable for my administration.
- Support Pipelines to Jobs for Our Immigrant Communities. Council Member Abdi Warsame led a heroic effort to open the Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center to address long term unemployment in our East African community this spring. It has been a historic success that I was proud to support alongside Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. As mayor, I would use city resources to support pipelines to jobs like those provided by this opportunity center because our immigrant communities all too often face discrimination when they try to find employment.
- Promote Culturally Conscious City Services. We will never be able to make "All Are Welcome Here" a reality in our city if Minneapolis can't even ensure that its own city services are inclusive of all its residents. As mayor, I will fight for city services that are cognizant of language barriers, others' religious beliefs, and other cultural differences that we should be accounting for.