New American community members tell stories; shared values

A listening session dedicated to learning and hearing from members of Minnesota’s new American communities was well-attended, reports one of the co-hosts, Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul). New Americans generate $19 billion in income in Minnesota, and $2.1 billion in taxes.

About 40 legislators from both the House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate attended the April 6listening session. New Americans who attended the hearing expressed their thanks to all the legislators who took time out of their schedules to attend.

“This was a really wonderful opportunity for everyone to hear from some of Minnesota’s newest citizens. The overall impression that I received from hearing their stories, is that these communities are not looking for a handout, but for acknowledgment and mindful accommodations to strengthen their productivity. We have many shared goals, and we all want to work towards a strong and resilient Minnesota,” said Sen. Hawj.

A listening session dedicated to learning from members of new American communities was held on April 6. (Photo courtesy of Senate DFL Media) Left to right: Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul), Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), and Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville). (Photo courtesy of Senate DFL Media)
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Left to right: Rep. Rena Moran (DFL-St. Paul), Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), and Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville). (Photo courtesy of Senate DFL Media)