Letter to U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar

September 7, 2017
 

Senator Al Franken
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Amy Klobuchar
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Franken and Klobuchar:

“Home is a place where people accept you as one of them.” Those are the words of Dee Noree, an immigrant from Nakornpicnom, Thailand who lives in Saint Paul.

Thank you for your recent statements regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). I applaud your outspoken leadership on the issue and wholeheartedly support your commitment to work with your colleagues to pass legislation to allow Dreamers to remain in the United States.

As you know, there are approximately 6,300 Dreamers in Minnesota. They are employers. They are employees. They are neighbors. They are volunteers. They are members of our community who make invaluable contributions to the health, wealth and vitality of this state and we rely on them. Minnesota is their home.

There are also more than 800 community foundations across the country and they are the voice of the community. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations are the voice of the Minnesota community. Each day we strive to foster a more inclusive and welcoming state and we applaud all efforts that seek to maintain the health and well-being of our community. As you fight to protect the Dreamers who live in Minnesota and other communities across the country, I stand beside you.

Sincerely,

Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
President and CEO
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations