From the StarTribune on the Fourth of July:
Under pressure from immigrant rights advocates, the Minneapolis City Council is moving closer to issuing municipal identification cards, available to anyone in Minneapolis above the age of 14 regardless of their immigration status.
Cities across the country have begun issuing IDs to help undocumented immigrants in an era of stepped-up deportations by federal authorities.
The ordinance has the support of the mayor and council members.
At the beginning of Friday’s council meeting, Council President Lisa Bender suspended rules to allow a member of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee to address the council.
“We are not in a normal time,” Bender said. “With a president that’s actively attacking our constituency, one of the acts of resistance that we have available to us as a city is to lift up the voices of our community members.”
Romero, who spoke on behalf of MIRAC, urged council members to act.
“Every single day families continue to be separated,” Romero told the council. “You can reduce those deportations, but you have to bring an ordinance here to be voted on and you have to pass it.”
There you have it.
If you live in a Blue Urban enclave in The Age of Trump elected officials see absolutely nothing wrong with refusing to enforce American immigration laws and, in fact, acting in direct rebellion against the federal government.
Minneapolis has long been a Sanctuary City, as are many, many others.
Here in the Blue Urban Confederacy we are at a point where acts of resistance and insurrection are actively promoted by elected officials without fear of consequence or accountability.
Unspoken but implied with the issuance of a local ID: it will be an accepted form of voter identification.
And if you wear a MAGA hat on Hennepin Avenue expect to be throat-punched…