More than 90,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota

A large-sounding number but a small percentage. In the Strib, Mila Koumpilova writes, “Two new es­ti­mates place the num­ber of un­doc­u­ment­ed im­mi­grants in Minnesota at more than 90,000. One an­aly­sis, by the Pew Research Center, count­ed 95,000 in Minnesota and sug­gest­ed that the num­ber might have edged up since 2009 even as it dipped nationally in the aftermath of the recession. The other, by the Migration Policy Institute, put the number at 91,000. … These resi­dents make up 1.8 percent of Minnesota’s pop­u­la­tion and 2.5 percent of its workforce.”

Still rippling on the Adrian Peterson front. Don Banks at Sports Illustrated writes, “An already bad situation just got substantially worse for everyone involved. The league office and commissioner Roger Goodell clearly wanted to look and act tough in light of the too-soft Ray Rice punishment, but that’s the problem with going too lightly in the first instance — it often prompts a subsequent overreaction. The NFL, it seems, has a calibration problem this season. Rice wasn’t initially punished enough, so Peterson loses essentially an entire season in response. And if you think those two league-issued punishments are in no way related, you haven’t been paying attention.”

This is what they pay him for. In a Strib commentary, Shaye Mandle, president and CEO of LifeScience Alley, a medical technology trade group says, “Over the weekend, the Star Tribune published commentaries by Lee Schafer (‘Killing tax on devices won’t bring back jobs,’ Nov. 16) and Ron Way (‘Repealing device tax? Unnecessary,’ Nov. 17) on why repealing the medical device excise tax is unneeded and won’t bring job growth to Minnesota. Respectfully, both authors miss the primary impacts of the device tax and, most important, its particularly harmful effect on Minnesota’s future. … For a small business that isn’t yet profitable, this excise tax is a growth killer. And in Minnesota, these are the companies we want and need to grow.” So we could let it stand for the giants and apply it selectively to these mom and pop operations?

Another good piece from KARE-TV’s new investigative unit. Steve Eckert and A.J. Lagoe write, “KARE 11 Investigators analyzed every sentence for every felony gun crime during the past three years. We found that judges do not hand down mandatory minimum sentences in the majority of gun crime cases. Under Minnesota law there is a mandatory minimum amount of time criminals who use a gun should be sentenced to serve in prison. But our KARE 11 investigation found the amount of time they are sentenced to prison, if they get prison time at all, varies greatly from court to court and judge to judge.”

The deer are still getting off easy. Strib outdoors guy Doug Smith reports, “With Minnesota’s deer season winding down, the whitetail harvest is 22 percent below this time last year — likely because of the early winter-like weather, fewer antlerless permits and a smaller deer herd. Hunters have harvested 115,000 deer so far, compared to 147,500 at this time in 2013. Department of Natural Resources officials earlier had predicted a total harvest of about 120,000, a level not seen since the 1980s.”

The GleanAnother crime wave around the U of M. According to the AP, “Police said Monday they are investigating after reports of three separate robberies and assaults near campus over the weekend. They say a man hit a female student in the face early Friday and took her wallet after following her on her walk home. They say three people assaulted a man early Saturday and took his jacket, wallet and keys. He might have suffered a broken nose. Police say four people attacked the third victim Saturday night.”

The program is such a mess even “dozens” of recommendations may not set it straight. Amy Forliti of the AP says, “Experts reviewing Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders issued dozens of recommendations in a report issued Tuesday, including individual evaluations of each resident to ensure compliance with the criteria for confinement. The panel, appointed by a federal court, also said the state’s civil commitment statute should be changed to ensure it’s used only for the most dangerous sex offenders who are at the highest risk to reoffend. The 108-page report also recommended that officials expedite the process to transfer the program’s only female resident to another environment.”

Another mega bridge. Dan Kraker of MPR reports, “State transportation officials on Tuesday unveiled a $220 million plan to build Minnesota’s tallest bridge and grand gateway into the Iron Range town of Virginia. The bridge would run 1,100 feet across and 200 feet above the water filled Rouchleau Pit, an abandoned iron ore operation just outside Virginia. The Minnesota Department of Transportation saw it as the best option to reroute a section of Highway 53 between Virginia and Eveleth to make way for an expanding iron ore mine. Local leaders, however, were excited about the bridge’s potential as a regional draw.” So no western Wisconsin developers lobbying for this one?

$21,000? Another AP story. This one on damages Byron Smith has to pay for killing those two teenage intruders in Little Falls. “A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims’ families. Byron Smith, 66, was convicted in April of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Smith was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is appealing. Morrison County District Judge Douglas Anderson ruled Tuesday that Smith must pay more than $9,570 to Brady’s family and more than $11,840 to Kifer’s family.”

Hey! The Forum is back, again. Rick Nelson in the Strib says, “Downtown Minneapolis’ priceless art deco treasure, depressingly dark for the past three years, is coming back to life, thanks to the partnership behind the ongoing restoration of another Twin Cities dining legacy, the Lexington in St. Paul. Restaurateurs Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Jack Riebel — with new partner Lorin Zinter — just signed a 20-year lease on the mint green-and-mirrors confection in the City Center complex, and they have big plans for it.”                                                                                                                                              

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/19/2014 - 08:15 am.


    Just wondering… what corporate entities (i.e., “persons”) will benefit the most from repealing the medical device tax? Will it be those mom-and-pop start-ups, or will it be MedTronic and its lobbying allies? A brief report in the ‘Strib this morning mentions that MedTronic earnings are quite healthy, indeed, so it’s not like the tax is “killing jobs” on that front.

    • Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 11/19/2014 - 09:23 am.

      It will….

      be the patients. These taxes are passed on to the consumer.

      • Submitted by jody rooney on 11/19/2014 - 10:24 am.

        All costs are passed on to the consumer

        so what is your point? In general I would imagine cost is not a factor in selecting medical devices. They are all over priced.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/19/2014 - 08:34 am.

    Thanks to the oh, so talkative Mr. Elliot Gruber, the device tax is likely a moot point.

  3. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 11/19/2014 - 09:41 am.

    A handful, by percentage

    While 2.5% of the workforce sounds like a small percentage, it still means that there are 90,000 people who are at the mercy of questionable employers who “don’t know” that they’re undocumented and will often happily hold this information over the heads of the undocumented worker in order to exploit them in inhumane ways.

    In an example in my hometown, a local dairy farm hires non-citizen workers for farm labor. While I don’t know their immigration status, I am told that many of them get pretty scarce when any sort of inspection is done. I also know that the dairy farm owner owns a house or two in my hometown and charges exorbitant rent (not surprisingly pretty close to the same amount those workers are paid) and houses several workers in the house, which is questionably maintained. Should the workers be there? Probably not. Are the employers using their immigration status to treat them terribly? Yep. So, while it might not be a lot of people, it’s a lot of people treated poorly because they can be.

  4. Submitted by Thurston Hammock on 11/19/2014 - 11:51 am.

    Re: 90,000 undocumented immigrants

    Go home, Sconnies! We don’t need your kind around here. You’ve got to go back and fix your own state instead of coming to MN to leech off our superior economy.

    Sure, it’s tough. Your top politicians are self-aggrandizing fools. The state’s out of money. Jobs are scarce. The business climate is stifling. The middle class is hollowed out. Schools are failing. Environmental regulation has faltered. But these are all problems of your own making. So you need to suck it up and do something about it. You. Yourselves.

  5. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 11/19/2014 - 02:20 pm.

    The hypocrisy of the GOP is showing.

    The politician don’t know what to do with immigration because of their decades of inaction. This is a case where they should deal with it no matter the political consequences. If it is a major problem harming the country, it’s their job to keep harm from happening in and to our country.
    For years politicians have turned a blind eye to America’s immigration problem because it benefitted their district. The Bush administration response to illegal immigration was always “THEY CAN COME BECAUSE THEY WILL DO THE JOBS NO ONE ELSE WILL DO”. This migration served to benefit the mega agricultural companies in places like California and Arizona, among others. Families came here, did the work, and had children (now American citizens). The pressure was put on the politicians, who had looked the other way for years, to do something about all the illegal Mexican people here. If we actually had a real border policy and enforced it we wouldn’t have this problem. Here we are with families made up of Mexican citizens and American citizens. You can’t morally send the Mexican family members home and leave the American citizens here which would break up the families, Remember this was caused by political inaction. Now the politicians finger point like they didn’t have any part in this, when they did. It is time to hold the politicians accountable. They created it, now fix it. It is time for the political claptrap to end and make meaningful changes to our immigration system. Guess what other presidents have used the executive powers of the presidency to shield immigrants from deportation, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Dang they are both Republicans. The hypocrisy of the GOP is showing.

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