DJ Teace Fundraises for Immigration Reform in Texas

Categories: Immigration

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Teace's Gofundme
Before his case is up, DJ Teace is helping his lawyer take a trip down to Texas to represent undocumented immigrants detained in border detention centers.

Local DJ Thisaphone Sothiphakhak has had a wild start of the year.

In March, he was arrested in his home by immigration agents and cited for deportation. His crime: a fifth-degree marijuana charge from 18 years ago. Last week, City Pages covered Sothiphakhak's ongoing fight to remain in America as a permanent resident, but for now his fate is still up in the air. Immigration Judge William Nickerson Jr. will make a final decision after Sothiphakhak's next hearing on July 8.

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The Quest to Deport DJ Teace from the Only Home He's Ever Known


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The Quest to Deport DJ Teace from the Only Home He's Ever Known

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Shelly Mosman

Thisaphone Sothiphakhak snores away in bed on a cold March morning. A sharp rap at the door jerks him awake. He blinks, rubs his eyes.

The knocking comes again, urgent.

Teace, as Thisaphone is known, slogs to the door and throws it open in nothing but boxers, half expecting a delivery. Immigration agents block the hallway. They eye him up and down, this lanky Laotian man with long, disheveled hair.

Behind him is an apartment strewn with dirty clothes and stacks of records. He lives alone above the Midtown Global Market, where he works in a cheese deli by day while burning nights at Club Jager as DJ Teace.

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Josh Lawrenz, Disgraced Chaska Cop, Created a Culture of Fear, Latino Residents Said

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Josh Lawrenz's Facebook page
Josh Lawrenz lost his job earlier this month after an inquiry into charges of racial profiling.

The young woman with a cherub face and a white flowered blouse struggled to finish her words, fighting back tears as she stood before the Chaska City Council.

City resident Natalie Lopez described how a Chaska police officer, whom she only knew as "Josh or Joshua," would regularly camp out in his squad car at the entrance of the Brandondale Mobile Home Park.

"That police," said Lopez, "told me he wants to send every single person who doesn't have no license back to Mexico.... Now, I'm scared and I think all the Latinos now, we don't feel safe.... Please help us."

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Minneapolis Officer Tyrone Barze Investigated Again for Police Brutality


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Book: Vaporized Pig Brains Are Torturing Austin's Migrant Meatpackers

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Years have passed since Pablo Ruiz worked as a floor supervisor inside a swine slaughterhouse in Austin, Minnesota. Yet his body remains in constant pain, the result, medical experts say, of inhaling a daily dose of pig brain tissue mist.

According to Ted Genoways, author the new book The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, Ruiz, was one of the roughly two dozen former workers -- 90 percent of them Hispanic -- at the Spam factory in southern Minnesota, who in 2006 showed symptoms of a bizarre neurological disease that caused body fatigue and extreme pain in the extremities, as well as swelling of the spine and brain.

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Mist of pig brain tissue sickened slaughterhouse workers

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While Some Fight For a Higher Minimum Wage, Antonio Torrealva Just Wants What He's Owed

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Antonio Torrealva holds a banner outside the Apple Store in Uptown

The line of people outside the Apple Store in Uptown stretches past cars and restaurant doors, nearly to the end of the block. Hordes gather together, clutching phones in one hand and cups of now-lukewarm coffee in the other. The new iPhone has arrived. The crowds are here to claim their new toy.

Standing only a few feet away from the entrance is Antonio Torrealva, passing out flyers and holding a banner reading, "What are we really paying for?" His English skills aren't great, but he and a few others are still here with a message: The Apple Store has been working with companies that simply aren't paying their workers for the work they've already done. And it needs to stop.

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Minneapolis officials exploring raising minimum wage in city, a la Seattle


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Owner of Stillwater's Land of Pharaohs massage parlor deported for fondling female customers

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Malak was convicted of crossing the line during two massages, and as a result he now finds himself back in the actual Land of Pharaohs.
Amir Abd El Malak, owner of Stillwater's Land of Pharaohs massage parlor, has been deported after he was sentenced to 10 years' probation for fondling female clients.

SEE ALSO: Isabel Diaz-Castillo, alleged south Mpls baby snatcher, is in U.S. illegally, may be deported

In January, a jury convicted Malak, 37, of two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in connection with the 2012 incidents.

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Controversial bill allowing illegal immigrants to get Minnesota driver's licenses advances

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"We would be able to take our children to a hospital without having the fear that somebody could take us away at that moment when our kids are in need," an illegal immigrant who supports the bill told the AP.
If DFLers on the House and Senate Transportation Policy Committees have their way, Minnesota will soon become the fifth state allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license.

SEE ALSO: Albert Lea sign controversy: "Deport Illegals" message sparks protest

Yesterday, on a party-line 10-7 vote, the Senate committee approved a bill to that end. The House committee approval a companion bill last week.

Supporters cite the public safety benefits such legislation would provide, while critics, such as our old friend Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, are concerned the bill could open the door to voter fraud.

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Poll: Minnesotans favor path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

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Minnesotans are in line with similar national polls.
A majority of Minnesotans would favor an immigration proposal that creates a path to citizenship for those here illegally, according to a Star Tribune poll.

SEE ALSO: SEIU protests Wells Fargo over political contributions, immigration

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Isabel Diaz-Castillo, alleged south Mpls baby snatcher, is in U.S. illegally, may be deported

Categories: Crime, Immigration
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Diaz-Castillo (left) allegedly abducted 8-month-old Carlos (right) from his mother's Minneapolis apartment. She was arrested about four hours and an Amber Alert later.
Isabel Diaz-Castillo is expected to be formally charged with kidnapping today, but the feds have already charged her with being in the country illegally.

THE BACKSTORY: Baby left in car seat while mom showered is abducted in south Mpls

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed an immigration detainer on Diaz-Castillo, meaning federal agents would take her into custody if local authorities freed her for some reason.

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Albert Lea sign controversy: "Deport Illegals" message sparks protest

Categories: Immigration
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Albert Lea Sucks blog
An Albert Lea businessman is displaying this sign on his building.
SEE ALSO:
-- Mpls becomes first city to declare support for Obama's DREAM Act policy
-- Chipotle faces fresh federal scrutiny more than year after mass firing of Latinos in Minnesota
-- Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble


Later today, people will gather to protest a controversial electronic sign displayed on the side of an Albert Lea building owned by a man who makes his money circulating porn videos.

The sign, visible on the side of the Dima Corp. building, which is owned by adult entertainment businessman Mal Prinzing, reads: "Catch and release - no! Deport Illegals - Si."


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