The Week Ahead: March 27-31

Communications Associate

March 27, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We strive to be a city where neighbors know each other, care for one another and build our social fabric. Fixing our immigration system will strengthen our interactions with those we serve, and, ultimately, allow us to fulfill our mission to be a city of kindness. There’s also an economic benefit to immigration. Anaheim is a city of immigrants, many of them first-generation, many entrepreneurs. They’ve helped make our city a more vibrant and fun place to visit. Without immigrants, our constant efforts to renew Anaheim would be a lot harder.”

— Tom Tait, Republican Mayor of Anaheim, California, March 21

SUMMARY

Immigrants Revitalize Midwest Population and Workforce, Study Indicates

Immigrant residents in the Midwest are helping to counterbalance working-age population decline among native-born residents in the region, according to a March 23 report from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Immigrants accounted for about 37 percent of growth in Midwest metro areas from 2000 to 2015, during which population in these metro areas increased by just 7 percent, compared to 14 percent nationwide.

While cities with historically high foreign-born populations — including Chicago (18.1 percent), Minneapolis (11.9 percent) and Detroit (10.7 percent) — continue to benefit from this growth, other metro areas — including Rockford, Illinois, (9.5 percent), Iowa City, Iowa, (9.3 percent), and Bloomington, Indiana (8.3 percent) — have increasing foreign-born populations.

Immigrants and refugees across the region continue to contribute to the workforce across industries, including manufacturing, food-processing, technology and agriculture. Immigrant entrepreneurs and business owners create jobs that strengthen the American workforce.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

http://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-march-24-2017/

MUST READS:

WASHINGTON POST: Blame game: Trump casts immigrants as dangerous criminals, but the evidence shows otherwise

By David Nakamura

March 24, 2017

The Trump administration is launching a series of steps aimed at publicly spotlighting the alleged dangers posed by illegal immigrants, as it seeks to bolster political support for the need for stricter enforcement.

This week the administration released a list of cities that have not fully cooperated with federal immigration authorities, and soon the Department of Homeland Security will unveil an office staffed by more than two dozen employees tasked with closely assisting families of Americans who were victims of violent crimes by undocumented foreigners.

DHS lawyers also are examining federal privacy laws to determine ways to more freely share potentially incriminating personal information on immigrants among government agencies and release it publicly, including the nationality, immigration status and criminal history of those swept up in enforcement raids.

And on Thursday, the Justice Department specifically highlighted immigration offenses and arrests during the release of its annual federal statistics report.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/blame-game-trump-casts-immigrants-as-dangerous-criminals-the-evidence-shows-otherwise/2017/03/23/f12dffdc-0f4d-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html

BOSTON GLOBE: The Last Refugee

Written by Jenna Russell

First in a series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

It took a moment, when they woke up in a strange new place, to remember where they were and how they’d gotten there.

Framingham. A town near Boston. In America.

Abdulkader Hayani walked through the clean, bright rooms of his family’s new home, reaching out to touch the things that had been left there for them. The four small beds for his four children. The ceramic plates and baby bottles in the kitchen. The soft brown couch; the brand-new toys; the overflowing fruit bowl with a pineapple beside it.

The 29-year-old Syrian refugee knew what he’d been told, arriving here last night: This house was theirs to live in while they started their new life. But everything last night had been a blur; he had been so overwhelmed by strangeness and exhaustion. Seeing it now in the wintry morning light, he could not help but wonder if he had misunderstood.

It was so beautiful, so much. Had they only dreamed that it was theirs?

Read more: http://apps.bostonglobe.com/metro/graphics/2017/03/the-last-refugee/series/through-the-closing-door/

SIDEWIRE: Newsmaker of the Week: Ali Noorani

With Jonathan Allen and Ali Noorani

March 26, 2017

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum and author of “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration,” is Sidewire‘s Newsmaker of the Week.

Prior to his work at the Forum, Ali was the executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

You can buy his book, by clicking here, and you can read our chat below:

Jonathan Allen, Sidewire Community

Good afternoon, Ali

Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum

How are you?

Jonathan Allen, Sidewire Community

Very well. I’m in a similar place as you in terms of waiting for a book to come out. Your on sale date is April 4. What’s the book about and why did you decide to write it?

Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum

I decided to write “There Goes the Neighborhood” b/c there is a different story to tell about our nation’s immigration debate. It isn’t just hard left versus hard right. After talking to nearly 60 faith, law enf and biz leaders, I learned a lot

The people I talked to were mostly social and political conservatives. What mattered to them wasn’t the politics of immigration. Rather, the cultural debate that comes with immigration to America

Read more: https://sidewire.com/politics/2017/3/26/newsmaker-week