The Week Ahead: April 24-28
April 24, 2017
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Immigrants working in agriculture, manufacturing and retail strengthen our economy and social fabric. Our approach to law enforcement is simple: It’s all about trust. My department’s main job is to ensure public safety. To do our job well, our residents need to know they can call us to report crimes.”
— Police Chief Mike Tupper of Marshalltown, Iowa, April 21
Enforcement Measures and Rhetoric Generate Fear
As the administration reaches the 100-day mark, immigration enforcement remains front and center.
Following what apparently was the first known deportation of a current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, reports indicated that from Jan. 20 to March 25, the Trump administration deported 43 Dreamers formerly enrolled in DACA.
This week the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce the implementation of its office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), which also reallocates all Immigration and Customs Enforcement resources previously used to advocate on behalf of undocumented immigrants.
At the same time, the administration indicated it may end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, despite ongoing fallout from several natural disasters in Haiti — including the 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew six months ago and the worst cholera epidemic in the country’s history — as well as a request from Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) to extend the status.
This week, the administration also is expected to focus efforts on urging Congress to include funding for a border wall in the government-funding bill, a provision that could stall the bill and potentially cause the federal government to shut down.
San Francisco Immigration Discussion to Focus on Culture, Values and Technology
Hosted by FWD.us, a conversation Tuesday at Affirm, Inc., in San Francisco will focus on recent developments in immigration and how communities across the country are responding to immigrants and culture change.
Kim Mai-Cutler, a TechCrunch columnist, will interview Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, about his book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017).
Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:
HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Survey: Texans less eager to deport
By Lomi Kriel and Mike Ward
April 18, 2017
Despite President Donald Trump’s push to reduce immigration and deport millions of immigrants here illegally, a majority of Texans believe immigration helps the state more than it hurts, oppose a plan to build a border wall and favor a pathway to citizenship if certain conditions are met.
A whopping 90 percent support allowing immigrants here illegally to become citizens after a long waiting period, payment of taxes and a penalty, passing a criminal background check and showing English proficiency, according to a poll released Tuesday.
It was one of the poll’s few policy areas that captured an equal share of Republican and Democrat support. The annual statewide survey by the Texas Lyceum, a nonprofit for young Texas leaders, focused on immigration and polled 1,000 adults in early April with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
It tends to portray a less conservative perspective than most political polls which survey registered voters. Republicans generally have higher voter participation rates.
USA TODAY: Trump increases deportations of formerly protected DREAMers
By Alan Gomez
April 19, 2017
The Trump administration has stepped up the deportation of undocumented immigrants who had come to the United States as children and lost their protected status, which had allowed them to stay, federal data provided to USA TODAY shows.
Both the Obama and Trump administrations revoked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status of enrollees who committed serious crimes, became affiliated with gangs or otherwise became threats to public safety. Under Obama, that led to 365 former DACA enrollees being deported, an average of seven a month since the first DACA applications were approved in September 2012.
In the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, 43 former DACA enrollees were deported, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics requested by USA TODAY.
“This is more evidence that the Trump administration is making nearly every person who’s undocumented a priority for removal,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a group that advocates for immigrants in the U.S. “That’s a really poor use of law enforcement resources.”
NBC LATINO: ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’: New Book Offers a Way Forward on Immigration
By Raul A. Reyes
April 24, 2017
Ali Noorani vividly recalls the day that the immigration debate became personal for him. The executive director of the National Immigration Forum, he had just landed in Los Angeles in December 2015 when he learned of then-candidate Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. “With Trump’s latest statement, my emotional detachment disappeared,” he writes. “I was a Trump trifecta: a Muslim who’d just arrived from a trip to Mexico and advocated for immigrants.”
In his new book, There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration, Noorani unpacks America’s complicated, conflicted views of immigration. The book is the product of months of traveling across the country – from apple farms in Washington State to the White House in Washington D.C. – and offers his approach towards bringing Americans together around this contentious issue.
Noorani told NBC Latino that the immigration issue should be seen “as more about culture and values than politics and policy.” It is by engaging people on the former rather than the latter, he asserts, that will ultimately help change minds on immigration.