The Week Ahead: July 13 – 17

July 13, 2015


“Many of us in law enforcement are concerned that seemingly random deportation … of our community members destabilizes our community and distances us from the people we’re trying to serve. [It] undermines our efforts to build collaborative policing and trust.”
– Ron Teachman, Chief of Police in South Bend, Indiana, July 9


Trump Doubles Down, Causing Anxiety among Other Republicans
Real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to repeat incendiary comments about immigrants from Mexico, even as more business partners cut ties and his fellow Republicans express concern.

Last week, chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian joined other business leaders in parting ways with Trump. And over the weekend, GOP leaders including presidential candidate Lindsey Graham and House Speaker John Boehner strongly criticized Trump’s remarks.

A broad array of data refute Trump’s comments. The Department of Homeland Security reported in April that illegal border crossings were down significantly, including a 45 percent decrease in apprehensions of unaccompanied children compared with the same time period a year earlier. Nor do other claims Trump has made stand up to scrutiny.

Congress Responds to San Francisco Shooting
A House hearing Tuesday will focus on prosecutorial discretion and sanctuary cities in light of the tragic July 1 murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is scheduled to be the sole witness.

Already, members of Congress from both parties, as well as state and local officials, have demanded answers. But measures that would increase penalties for certain immigration offenses or cut federal funding to sanctuary cities are not effective responses. In truth, immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born U.S. residents, according to a new report.

Making our communities safer means not only better defining roles and improving relationships between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, but also building trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect — including immigrant communities.

All times Eastern unless noted.

Tuesday, July 14

Wednesday, July 15

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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Latino plurality points toward changes to come
Yolanda Gar­cia’s grand­par­ents mi­grated from Mex­ico and worked mul­ti­ple jobs — in farm fields and school cafe­te­rias — to save money to send all six chil­dren to col­lege. Gar­cia’s fa­ther at­tended Brown Univer­sity and had five chil­dren. In turn, she grad­u­ated from UC Santa Cruz, worked as a teacher and now runs a gallery and bou­tique store in Whit­tier sell­ing Latin Amer­i­can folk­lore art and other items. Along the way, the fam­ily moved up the lad­der, from South Los An­ge­les to the up­scale Friendly Hills neigh­bor­hood of Whit­tier. They were the first Lati­nos in their im­me­di­ate area. Now, there are four other Latino fam­i­lies there. Along the way, the fam­ily moved up the lad­der, from South Los An­ge­les to the up­scale Friendly Hills neigh­bor­hood of Whit­tier. They were the first Lati­nos in their im­me­di­ate area. Now, there are four other Latino fam­i­lies there. The Gar­cias’ story rep­re­sents a com­mon Cal­i­for­nia im­mi­grant dream. But it’s far from the re­al­ity for all Lati­nos, who the U. S. Cen­sus Bureau now says have sur­passed non- Latino whites to be­come Cal­i­for­nia’s largest eth­nic group. The mile­stone is a re­minder of the huge strides Lati­nos have made, but also of the chal­lenges they still face. Over­all, Lati­nos have lower in­comes, ed­u­ca­tion and job skills than the av­er­age white Cal­i­for­nian.

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NEW YORK TIMES (Editorial): Lost in the Immigration Frenzy
Kathryn Steinle was killed on a pier in San Francisco on July 1, allegedly by a troubled immigrant who had a stolen gun and a long criminal history and had been deported five times. The shooting was inexplicable, yet Ms. Steinle’s family and friends have been shunning talk of politics and vengeance, while expressing the hope that some good might emerge from this tragedy. The shooting has turned the usual American tensions over immigration into a frenzy. The accused, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, has become the dark-skinned face of the Mexican killers that Donald Trump — in a racist speech announcing his presidential campaign, and numerous interviews thereafter — has been warning the nation about. Others in the race and in Congress have eagerly joined him in exploiting the crime, proposing bills to punish “sanctuary cities,” like San Francisco, that discourage local involvement in immigration enforcement, and to force them to cooperate with the federal government in an ever-wider, harsher deportation dragnet.

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HUFFINGTON POST: Why Some Cities Don’t Rush to Turn Over Undocumented Immigrants to the Feds
WASHINGTON — In March 2007, while Ron Teachman was serving as the chief of police in New Bedford, Massachusetts, immigration enforcement carried out one of its largest workplace raids in history.
Hundreds of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and police raided the Michael Bianco Inc. leather goods factory on the suspicion that the owner was employing undocumented immigrants. ICE officers arrested 361 undocumented immigrants, mostly women from Central America, who had been working in abysmal conditions for little pay. The detention of mothers left many children behind, prompting then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to call the situation a “humanitarian crisis.” Teachman, now chief of police in South Bend, Indiana, said watching the situation unfold was alarming. The immigrant community was shaken, and many were afraid to come to police to report crimes, he said. In the years since, he has led a police force that cooperates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to some degree, but is sharply aware of how damaging it can be for police to be seen as immigration agents.

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NATIONAL REVIEW: Conservatives, Quit Defending Trump
Donald Trump’s outrageous comments about Mexican immigrants in his announcement speech two weeks ago should have been an occasion for conservatives to say that we have no room for bigots in our midst. Instead, a host of conservatives, from Ted Cruz to National Review’s own Rich Lowry, have defended his message, if not the crude way he expressed it: When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best . . . They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. In his column, under the title “Sorry, Donald Trump Has a Point,” Lowry avers that Trump’s “instantly notorious comments . . . did more to insult than illuminate” — but, he says, “there was a kernel in them that hit on an important truth that typical politicians either don’t know or simply fear to speak.” Lowry’s argument — based entirely on statistics from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) — is that Mexican immigrants are poorly educated, with low skills, and will become an economic burden on the rest of us. And make no mistake, neither Trump (read his full remarks) nor Lowry was talking only about illegal immigrants.

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