LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

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What is REAL ID?

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 as a security measure after the attacks on September 11, 2001. These measures establish more rigorous standards for the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards, and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards issued by states that do not meet the minimum security requirements under the REAL ID Act. Currently, Minnesota is one of 5 states that is not compliant with REAL ID security standards; however, there is legislation currently being considered at the State Capitol to ensure compliance before our deadline in 2018.

For more information on REAL ID, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs

See the next tab 'REAL ID bills in MN' to find out what's currently happening surrounding REAL ID in MN this legislative session and our stance on it.

REAL ID Bill in MN - HF3

The REAL ID bill will create a two-track approach to comply with the REAL ID Act. This approach addresses the privacy concerns shared by many Minnesotans: creating two driver's licenses in the state.

One driver's license will comply with the requirements under the federal REAL ID Act. The second-tier driver's license, or ID card, will not require compliance with REAL ID regulations. This option will be available for Minnesotans who do not wish to comply with REAL ID mandates.

This version of the bill does not prevent the Commissioner of Public Safety from engaging in rulemaking. However, the Commissioner of Public Safety would still need approval from the Legislature before making any changes to the rules governing Driver's Licenses.

Our Position: Mesa Latina is not opposed to this version of the REAL ID bill since we believe that a REAL ID bill should not have language targeting the ability to restore access to a Minnesota driver's license for everyone, regardless of immigration status.
Status

(Last updated 5.18.2017)

On Wednesday, May 17, the Senate followed the House in passing the REAL ID bill with a 57-8 vote. Now that it has passed the MN Legislature, the bill will head to Governor Dayton's desk for a final signature, expected to be next week (May 29-June 2).

 

Private Prison Authorization Bill

This bill would authorize the use of privately owned prisons in Minnesota and will require the state to purchase or lease the prison in Appleton, Minnesota which is currently owned by CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

Our Position: Mesa Latina does not support this proposal. We believe that private corporations should not benefit from the incarceration of immigrant family members and other marginalized communities. We have seen how corporations like CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America), lobby state governments to pass draconian enforcement laws that result in mass incarceration of immigrants in those states. We do not want this to happen in Minnesota. Please watch this 2-minute video to learn more about the impact of private prisons.
Status

This bill was approved by the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee on March 21st, 2017 and there is the possibility that it will be included in a Public Safety Omnibus Bill.

Driver's License For All Bill

This bill expands the list of documents that we can provide as proof of residence and identity when applying for a Minnesota driver's license or identification card. This would allow undocumented drivers to apply for a Minnesota driver's license or identification card.

Our Position: Mesa Latina fully supports this proposal. We believe that it is in the best interest of our community and our state to restore access to a Minnesota driver's license for all drivers, regardless of immigration status. Ensuring that everyone driving on our roads is licensed will enhance public safety and community policing.
Status

There has been no movement on this bill yet. It has missed the March 10th deadline to pass through its first committee hearing and will be "tabled" until next year, unless their content gets inserted into other bills that are actually moving forward. Please check back here regularly for updates.

Law Enforcement/ICE Bill

This bill would require law enforcement agencies to honor federal immigration (ICE) detainers.

However, the bill does not address Separation Ordinances.

Our Position: Mesa Latina does not support this bill. We beleive that states and local municipalitites do not have to engage in any federal enforcement activities; and that local residents should feel safe and fully integrated in our society.
Status

There has been no movement on this bill yet. It has missed the March 10th deadline to pass through its first committee hearing and will be "tabled" until next year, unless their content gets inserted into other bills that are actually moving forward. Please check back here regularly for updates.

Immigrant Worker Zones Bill

This bill would establish immigrant worker zones within state boundaries.

It would require law enforcement agencies to honor federal immigration (ICE) detainers.

Our Position: Mesa Latina does not support this bill. We believe that immigrant workers should have the ability to work wherever is best for them to provide a good life for themselves and their families.

There has been no movement on this bill yet. It has missed the March 10th deadline to pass through its first committee hearing and will be "tabled" until next year, unless their content gets inserted into other bills that are actually moving forward. Please check back here regularly for updates.

Anti-Sanctuary Bill

This bill would remove any aid to cities that have, or had within the last year, a separation ordinance prohibiting public safety officials from undertaking any law enforcement action to verify immigration status.

Our Position: Mesa Latina does not support this proposal. We believe that local municipalities have the right to manage and create boundaries for their employees accordingly in order to fully protect all of their residents. We also believe that only federal employees should perform duties pertaining to federal agencies.
Status

There has been no movement on this bill yet. It has missed the March 10th deadline to pass through its first committee hearing and will be "tabled" until next year. However, as can happen with any bills, the content within SF881 was proposed as an amendment to House bill (HF754) during the 3/13/17 hearing in the Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division Committee. The amendment was "tabled" and could be re-visited during the next committee hearing. We will be monitoring this new amendment as well as the legislature in case this language is inserted into any other bill so please check back here regularly for updates.

For more information and to join our efforts, contact:

Francisco Segovia
Director
Waite House Community Center
2323 11th Ave South Minneapolis, 55404
FranciscoS@pillsburyunited.org
Direct: 612.455.0362