OUR PROJECTS

To positively impact the economic development and social life of our community, Mesa Latina is working on the following campaigns:

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Stay up-to-date on Minnesota's current legislative session, and learn more about the bills that can have an impact on our community.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Leaders from across the state gather for Governor Mark Dayton's 2014 State of the State address at the Capitol Apr. 30. The Minnesota National Guard has a ceremonial role in the annual event.

SANCTUARY CITIES

No one should have to live in fear. Learn about what we are doing to ensure Minneapolis is a TRUE Sanctuary City for all and how you can get involved.

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I PLEDGE TO VOTE

To effectively engage Latinos in Minnesota so they are equipped and empowered to support platforms and make decision about issues that affect their lives.

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

To develop leaders and create collective power is a crucial for building a "critical mass" necessary to advance policy change in our communities.

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COMMUNITY RAPID RESPONSE

We are working towards a rapid response plan to be implemented when there is a need to protect our immigrant and refugees brothers and sisters.

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CITIZENSHIP CLASSES

Participants must be a Lawful Permanent Resident of the US to apply for citizenship. If eligible, they will learn about citizenship classes.

On Thursday, September 23, Grand Canyon National Park in coordination with The Department of Homeland Security, hosted a naturalization ceremony at the Mather Amphitheatre on the South Rim. This is the first time in history that Grand Canyon National Park has hosted such an event.

 Under blue skies and before a breathtaking view, 23 individuals from 12 different countries including, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zambia, became naturalized citizens. Many family members and close friends of the candidates came to show their support for this special event. Park employees and visitors also watched on as the candidates stated the Oath of Allegiance, and received their certificates of naturalization. 

Deputy Superintendent Palma Wilson welcomed the candidates and their families.  The Presentation of Colors was done by the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard of Northern Arizona University. John M. Ramirez, Acting District Director for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administered the Oath of Allegiance to America's newest citizens.  A keynote address was given by USCIS Ombudsman January Contreras. Ms. Contreras stated, “Everyday, we welcome new and diverse stories and heritages into the great patchwork of our Nation. United by our devotion to the Constitution and to the civic engagement it inspires, Americans remain committed to the fundamental principles established over two hundred years ago.”

This event is part of USCIS’s annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. An estimated 9,258 candidates will become citizens at 63 special ceremonies held across the country and around the world from Sept. 13-24.

Constitution Day is celebrated on Sept. 17 in remembrance of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Since 1952, Citizenship Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Constitution Day, although Congress first underscored the signific