The Week Ahead: June 26-30

Communications Associate

June 26, 2017


“The outdated immigration system is an issue not just for fashion, but for the competitiveness of the U.S. economy as a whole.”

— Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, June 20


Supreme Court to Consider Travel and Refugee Ban, Allowing Parts of It to Proceed

The Supreme Court announced today that it will consider the case on President Trump’s travel and refugee ban sometime this fall.

In the interim, the court announced that it will allow parts of the ban to proceed, allowing only foreign nationals who have relationships with persons or entities in the United States to enter the country.

Supreme Court justices indicated that people who have relationships with entities such as American universities and employers are able to enter. For refugees, this includes people who have relationships in the U.S. even if the new cap of 50,000 imposed by the executive order is reached.

Previous rulings from the 4th and 9th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals had upheld judges’ blocks on the executive order, which was issued in March.

House to Consider Bills Opposing ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

Members of Congress this week will consider legislation that would punish so-called sanctuary jurisdictions.

The bills are scheduled to be considered on the House floor starting on Wednesday, and votes are likely to come Thursday and Friday of this week.

Kate’s Law, H.R. 3004, would allow for enhanced penalties ranging from 2 to 25 years for immigrants who re-enter the U.S. without authorization after having been deported. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, H.R. 3003, would have a dramatic impact on interior immigration enforcement in the United States by requiring jurisdictions to honor immigration detainers, barring jurisdictions from adopting or maintaining community trust policies and expanding mandatory detention for a broad cross section of alleged immigration violators.

Law enforcement officials across the country have continued to speak out against targeting so-called sanctuary jurisdictions.


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WASHINGTON POST (Roberts Review): Working to build bridges between immigrants and their new communities
By Steven V. Roberts
June 23, 2017

Manpreet Tiwana is a Punjabi-speaking police officer in the farming community of Kerman, Calif. She describes her importance to the area’s many immigrant residents: “They found somebody who can communicate with them, and they can tell their issues to. They want to lay it out and tell me all their problems.”

Tiwana’s role goes far beyond listening to immigrant complaints, Ali Noorani writes in “There Goes the Neighborhood”: “Officer Tiwana’s service humanized law enforcement for her community, and humanized South Asians for the broader community. She was a bridge between both worlds.”

This example embodies the core argument advanced by Noorani, a child of Pakistani immigrants who heads the National Immigration Forum, an outspoken advocate for immigrant rights. Often locals worry that newcomers will take their jobs. But fear of foreigners is rooted in “cultural anxiety,” not just economic anxiety, Noorani stresses. Foes of immigration worry about losing their identities, not just their incomes.

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WCPN (Ohio): Unsettled: Legal Status or No, Focus on Painesville’s Next Generation
By Tony Ganzer
June 22, 2017

Immigration is one of the more contentious topics in our country today, but this week we’ve been bringing authentic voices with many perspectives to the fore.

We’ve used Painesville, in Lake County, as a way into the discussion.

Nearly a quarter of the Painesville population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, and some are in the country without legal status…like Rosie.

ROSIE: “This is not our country, but we adopted it, and we love it here, because we live here, our kids live here, they were born here.  And this is our main concern it’s not about us, it’s about our kids, because they are our future.”

Rosie and a few acquaintances met to talk to me about their thoughts on immigration, and on the immigration climate around Painesville.  Rosie says there is a sense of fear among some in the community who are here without residency or work permission.

She says she felt fear when she crossed the border, not knowing where she was, and what would happen.  But the fear now is different.

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NEW YORK TIMES: 7 Sailors Emerged From Diverse Backgrounds to Pursue a Common Cause
By Dave Philipps
June 19, 2017

The seven sailors who died when the destroyer Fitzgerald collided with a container ship last weekend were a snapshot of the nation they served: an immigrant from the Philippines whose father served in the Navy before him; a poor teenager whose Guatemalan family came north eager for opportunity; a native of Vietnam hoping to help his family; a firefighter’s son from a rural crossroads in the rolling green fields of Virginia.

The roll call of the dead also illustrated the degree to which the military relies on recruits from immigrant communities around the country.

The Navy is still investigating what caused the near sinking of the 505-foot destroyer, which collided with a container ship early Saturday morning in the waters off Japan, flooding two berths full of bunks, as well as other rooms.

The destroyer’s windowless living quarters, where bunks are stacked three high, represented unlimited possibility for Sonar Technician Third Class Ngoc T. Truong Huynh. It was only after the sailor joined the Navy, his sister said, that he started smiling more often.

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