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rather notifying ICE exactly when they plan to release someone. ICE then swoops in and arrests the person right outside our county jailhouse. As Sheriff, Stanek is not subject to oversight in the same way that we supervise the Minneapolis Police Chief (appointed by the mayor) or the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety (appointed by the governor). He is elected independently of the Hennepin County Commission, who have essentially no power over the his activities. Unable to force him to stop, county leaders have instead approved $250,000 for the legal defense of immigrants in Stanek’s custody, as well as $25,000 to ensure all immigrants are notified that they don’t need to answer his unjustified questions about their country of origin. And lest this fade from the public memory—let’s remember that previous administrations from both parties have made life hell for undocumented people. Let’s remember that we all live on stolen land. Let’s remember that colonizers subjected indigenous and Black people to lethal violence as the cost of our nationhood. Let’s remember whose descendants now dare to breathe a word about family, country, or God. Let’s declare that borders are violence, and stand in the tradition of disobedience to immoral and broken laws. ●

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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