Tuesday marked an important milestone for hundreds of proud Minnesotans. It’s the day they became U.S. citizens.
It seems unimaginable now, but adoption for some families used to be as easy as showing up at the train depot. Word would go out when kids were coming from the East Coast. They were largely children of immigrant families who’d found poverty rather than promise in their voyage to the New World. Renee Wendinger of Sleepy Eye interviewed some Orphan Train riders for her book. Few of them are still living. “They were found in doorways and other out-of-the-way places, hungry and starving,” Wendinger said.
As Congress debates the first national immigration overhaul in decades, a state-level push advancing rights for people in the U.S. illegally has picked up momentum across the country.
The children of immigrants who are in Minnesota illegally would be eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at the state’s public colleges and universities under a bill the state Senate passed on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that extends in-state public college tuition rates to children of people who are not in the country legally.
Local groups, supporting new immigration reform plans, came to the state Capitol Wednesday supporting a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
It can be a long process, and it’s far more complicated than most of us realize.
The American dream, as well as a profoundly personal dream, is still within reach for two Twin Cities brothers mourning the death of their younger sibling.
About 500 Oromo immigrants living in central Minnesota are getting a leg up from a St. Cloud-based group that wants to help them adjust to the shock of a new landscape.