The Week Ahead: May 15-19

Communications Associate

May 15, 2017


“Immigrants have long played an important role in shaping San Diego’s culture and economy. Legal permanent residents deserve help along their path to citizenship so they can take part in the American dream.”

— San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, May 12


9th Circuit Holds Hearing on Legality of Travel Ban

Today the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the Trump administration’s appeal regarding its revised travel ban, following the March 15 ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that blocked its implementation. That ruling also halted the revised executive order’s 120-day refugee ban.

Today the appeals court judges discussed whether the travel and refugee bans are intended to discriminate against Muslims on religious grounds or whether the executive order was issued for legitimate national security reasons, as the Trump administration maintains.

The hearing followed last Monday’s 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on the revised travel ban.

Decision on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians Expected in Coming Week

The Department of Homeland Security will decide within a week whether to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian migrants.

This decision will follow reports that the Trump administration has discussed ending TPS for Haitians and that a high-level political appointee has been asking civil servants to find unflattering data on Haitians who are protected from deportation under the program to counter the argument that conditions in Haiti have not adequately improved.

Advocates point to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and a sustained cholera outbreak as evidence that Temporary Protected Status for Haitians should continue.

Indianapolis Discussion to Focus on ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will take the conversation on culture, values and immigration to Indianapolis this week. “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017) highlights the perspectives of faith, law enforcement and business leaders across the country on immigrants in their communities, including in the Midwest. Indy Reads Books will host an event with Noorani at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


TAMPA BAY TIMES: Rick Scott asks Trump administration to extend protection for Haitians
By Alex Leary
May 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Gov. Rick Scott has pressed the Trump administration to back off on timeline that could result in the deportation of thousands of Haitians, many living in Florida.

Scott raised the issue in a meeting Thursday with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “Temporary protected status” for Haitians expires in July and they could be expelled in January.

“The secretary has not made a decision on TPS for Haiti,” spokesman David Lapan told the Tampa Bay Times. “He and Gov. Scott did have a conversation about the program and the secretary listened to the Governor’s points about his desire for DHS to extend TPS.”

About 50,000 Haitians have been allowed to live in the U.S. following the 2010 earthquake. The TPS program has been extended several times but now faces another deadline. The Trump administration has been examining the criminal backgrounds, but Lapan says that won’t be used to make a final decision about TPS.

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WASHINGTON POST: Hispanics ‘are going further into the shadows’ amid chilling immigration debate, police say
By Lindsey Bever
May 12, 2017

Police departments from California to New Jersey have reported a decrease in crime reporting in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods, which some local law enforcement officials believe could be related to the nation’s impassioned immigration debate.

Law enforcement officials say the debate might be affecting their relationship with minority communities, and they are especially concerned that undocumented immigrants are becoming more hesitant to engage with police and report crimes because they fear deportation.

“It looks like they’re going further into the shadows, and there appears to be a chilling effect in the reporting of violent crime by members of the Hispanic community,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

Acevedo recently announced that new data shows a 13 percent decrease in violent crime reporting by Hispanics in Houston during the first three months of 2017 compared to the first three months of 2016; it also shows a 12 percent increase in violent crime reporting by non-Hispanics.

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KPBS (California): Immigration Activist Says Movement Ignored Americans Struggling With Changing Culture
By Michael Lipkin
May 11, 2017

Aired 5/11/17 on KPBS Midday Edition

White, working-class voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. A new analysis finds that fears about immigrants were more powerful than economic concerns in predicting that support.

The Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute found white, working-class voters who said they often “feel like a stranger in my own country” and believe the U.S. needs protection from foreign influence were 3.5 times more likely to favor Trump than those who did not have those concerns.

Ali Noorani, executive director of the pro-immigration National Immigration Forum, spent the past few years interviewing people around the country on both sides of the immigration debate trying to understand why immigration reform legislation has not passed. In his book, “There Goes The Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration,” he said it is because advocates did not appreciate the immigration-based cultural stresses facing many Americans.

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