The Week Ahead: Dec. 5-9
December 5, 2016
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“You’re talking about shutting down churches. If you would ever deport 11, 12 million people, you would shut down so many Latino churches. And I mean so many in thousands, without any hyperbole.”
— Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Dec. 4
Republicans Work On Bill to Protect Young Immigrants
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced last week that he is working on legislation that would allow recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children — to continue to receive temporary protection from deportation and authorization to work.
“The worst outcome is to repeal the legal status that these kids have,” Graham told Politico. “Whether you agree with them having it or not, they’ve come out of the shadows.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) supports the idea. Leaders have expressed concerns about these young people being penalized for cooperating with the government, and this stop-gap legislation would protect them in the event the Trump administration ends DACA.
Such a bill would continue to steer immigration enforcement officials and resources toward actual public safety threats rather than young people who are working and studying.
Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration: http://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-december-2-2016
NEW YORK TIMES: Happy to Do Homework After a Long Journey From Guatemala
By Kenneth R. Rosen
Dec. 4, 2016
A tumbledown home with a tin roof high in the mountains of Guatemala had no electricity or beds, only tattered clothing and rationed food. At breakfast, Alex Chan and his three siblings shared a single egg, split into quarters. At night, they went to bed hungry as they waited in fear of their father.
Beatings began without warning. Once, his 7-year-old sister was burned with boiling water their father tossed on her. More often, as the children tried to fall asleep on empty stomachs, they could hear their father pummeling their mother after coming home from a dinner of chicken and beer in town, in San José Poaquil.
Their father reserved the harshest beatings for Alex, he said, and they are his earliest memories. Alternating between a rope, a stick and a machete, his father would beat him for attending school instead of working in the fields.
He had to get away.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Trump’s Pick to Lead Health Agency to Confront Immigration
December 1, 2016
WASHINGTON — The congressman named by Donald Trump to oversee the country’s health care system would also have an impact on another top issue: immigration.
It’s an area where Georgia Republican Tom Price has been at odds with the Obama administration.
If Price is confirmed by the Senate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, he would head an office responsible for both resettling refugees in the United States and caring for immigrant children caught trying to cross the border on their own.
The five-term lawmaker has joined his Republican colleagues in objecting to President Barack Obama’s immigration enforcement policies, including those at the border. He co-sponsored a bill that sought to let states block Syrian refugees from settling in their communities.
A look at some of the immigration issues Price would deal with if confirmed: