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The Week Ahead June 30- July 3

June 30, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“The Cantor loss doesn’t make the need for immigration reform any less urgent, it doesn’t change the Bible’s thousands of years of guidance on immigration. We’re beyond the point of having to win this on principle or policy. We’re now just at the point of politics. We’re not going anywhere. The Southern Baptist Convention is going to continue to call for immigration reform until we get this done.”

— Dr. Barrett Duke, Vice President of Public Policy and Research for the ERLC, during a panel discussion after the Capitol Hill premiere of The Stranger

SUMMARY

4th of July Celebrations Underscore Importance of Integration and Citizenship
As our country celebrates its Independence Day this week, the displays of national pride and patriotism serve as an important reminder about the significance of citizenship and immigrant integration efforts.

Throughout the month of June, FWD.us shared a number of touching, inspiring and impressive immigrant stories celebrating the shared and varied history of our nation of immigrants. These stories of immigration around the Welcome.us Immigrant Heritage Month perfectly catapult us into celebrating our shared pride in the United States.

In that vein, veterans from the Veterans for Immigration Reform campaign will be joining immigrants and their families at the White House on Friday for a special 4th of July naturalization ceremony.

Migrant Children Highlight Urgent Need for Reform
In response to the influx of unaccompanied alien minors to our southern border, the Obama administration has requested billions of dollars from Congress to expedite their processing and removal. Additionally, the White House is announcing that it will ask Congress to weaken existing laws, including the Trafficking Victims Protections Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), that were enacted to protect those most vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers.

The administration and Congress clearly recognize the urgency of this situation. They also need to recognize and address how our broken immigration system exacerbates the challenge. Eligible children should be able to come here through a process, not a river, and congressional inaction is wounding our economy, to the profit of cartels south of the border.

As children and families are processed, no shortcuts should be taken. And we must look at the bigger picture: Each day that we continue with our broken immigration system is another day of economic opportunities lost, families separated and criminals preying on desperate people in desperate situations.

CALENDAR: Please visit our Events page to find this week's immigration-related events.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN
Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:
http://www.immigrationforum.org/images/uploads/2012/LegBulletin.pdf

MUST READ: USA TODAY: Tactical shift by cartels could be fueling migrant surge
By Rick Jervis
June 27, 2014
AUSTIN – The masses of unaccompanied youth who have recently crossed Texas' southern border tell of gang violence and economic hardship as main motivators for their treacherous trip north.
But a tactical shift by Mexican drug cartels and their splinter groups could be fueling the exodus as well, analysts and law enforcement officials say.
Recent arrests of the leadership of the Zetas and Gulf cartels, which control much of the illicit human transit just south of McAllen, Texas, has dismantled the groups' hierarchy and led to splinter groups that are shifting away from drug trafficking and getting increasingly involved in human smuggling, said Tony Payan,director of the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The cartels, now roaming Mexico in smaller, independent groups, work in tangent with so-called "coyotes" – or smuggling guides – to recruit families from their Central American neighborhoods and bring them north through Mexico with promises of better lives in the USA, he said.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/27/immigrant-youth-border-cartels/11423695/

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