The Week Ahead: Jan. 17-20

Communications Associate

January 17, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I am optimistic that we can fix our broken immigration system by securing our borders, enacting tougher laws and strict enforcement, all while still showing compassion by keeping families together. In other words, we need to rethink immigration reform in the 21st century.”

— Mike Coffman (R-Colorado), Jan. 14

SUMMARY

Business Leaders to Discuss Future of Immigration under New Administration

Business and government leaders in New York will join immigration experts Wednesday to discuss opportunities for businesses to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration.

Hosted by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, National Immigration Forum, FWD.us and the New York Law School, the discussion will highlight tech and business perspectives on immigration. Speakers will consider the future of immigration reform and likely outcomes for New York’s workforce and economy.

Innovative programs at the worksite such as New American Workforce will be among the topics of conversation.

Members of Congress Call for Protecting Dreamers as New Administration Launches

Members of Congress from both parties and both chambers are supporting legislation that would protect young immigrants should the incoming administration repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The BRIDGE Act would provide protection from deportation, and work authorization, for DACA recipients through a three-year provisional protected presence. The bills also would apply to people eligible for DACA.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) reintroduced the bill in the Senate, where it is co-sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Kamala Harris (D-California). Reps. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives, co-sponsored by Reps. Jeff Denham (R-California), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California), Carlos L. Curbelo (R-Florida), Zoe Lofgren (D-California), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) and Judy Chu (D-California).

As Republicans assume leadership of the executive as well as legislative branch, they have an opportunity to lead with workable immigration proposals that ensure our security, benefit American workers and honor our values as a nation.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

http://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-january-13-2017/

MUST READS:

THE HILL (Noorani Op-Ed): A fair, responsible approach to the U.S.-Mexico border
By Ali Noorani
January 10, 2017

The American taxpayer deserves a good deal. One that reduces the tax burden, increases government efficiency and makes sure everyone is paying their fair share.

President-elect Donald Trump is right that immigration, including effective barriers on the border, is part of the road to a healthy economy that makes this deal possible. That means going beyond a wall.

Our safety and security are paramount, full stop. That said, we need effective approaches that are risk-based and not a drain on hardworking taxpayers.

We already have a physical barrier spanning all but 1 of the 652 miles the Border Patrol deems necessary to monitor. A record 21,370 agents patrol the border, an increase of 50 percent since 2006.

And we already spend more on immigration enforcement agencies, border and interior, than all other principal criminal law enforcement agencies combined. In fiscal year 2012, we spent nearly $18 billion on Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and technology. Meanwhile, that year we spent $14.4 billion on the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/313609-a-fair-responsible-approach-to-the-us-mexico-border

CITYLAB: Diverse Metros Mean Higher Wages For All
By Tanvi Misra
January 12, 2016

San Antonio, Texas. Gainesville, Florida. Gainesville, Georgia. These three metros have one thing in common: Between 1990 and 2011, each saw a significant expansion of its foreign-born population. If critics of immigration are to be believed, the native-born residents of these metros—especially the “the least-educated and poorest” ones—would have felt a pinch when these new arrivals squeezed into their corner of the job market. Perhaps some did. But overall, the data show a different picture.

In San Antonio, residents across the income spectrum saw their wages rise between 16 and 25 percent over this period. In Gainesville, Georgia, the lowest earners saw a 20 percent increase in wages, and the highest ones experienced a 45 percent increase. In its namesake in Florida, that range was 9 to 35 percent.

Read more: http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2017/01/metro-diversity-benefits-low-wage-workers/512504/