The Week Ahead: May 22-26

Communications Associate

May 22, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We are either going to import workers or we are going to import milk.”

— Ron Gibson, a fifth-generation dairy farmer in Utah, May 21

SUMMARY

Administration Announces Six-month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Following widespread support from across the political spectrum to protect Haitians in the United States for an additional year, the Trump administration announced that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian migrants for six months.

This program applies to the 50,000 Haitians protected from deportation in the U.S. following a series of extreme hardships in the Haiti, including the 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and a cholera epidemic. Haitians who arrived in the U.S. by Jan. 12, 2011, one year after the 2010 earthquake, were eligible to apply for TPS.

Members of Congress to Consider Enforcement-focused Immigration Approach

A series of hearings and markups this week on Capitol Hill indicate that members of Congress are focusing exclusively on enforcement, eschewing a balanced approach that would keep us safe, keep our economy healthy and honor the freedom and ideals that make us great.

The House Judiciary Committee will continue its markup Tuesday of H.R. 2431, the Davis-Oliver Act, which would criminalize unlawful presence in the U.S. and require state and local law enforcement to redirect their limited resources toward immigration enforcement, among other provisions. The committee also will mark up authorization bills for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS).

Other Tuesday hearings include a Senate Judiciary border subcommittee hearing on progress on the U.S.-Mexico border and a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on overstayed visas. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House and Senate will hold multiple appropriations hearings on the Department of Homeland Security’s budget request for fiscal year 2018.

Moreover, the White House is expected to release its budget this week, in which the administration is expected to request additional funding for border security and immigration enforcement.

Denver and Phoenix to Host Discussions on How Communities Are Approaching Immigration

At book discussions in the West this week, leaders will consider how the immigration debate is more about culture and values than politics.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will discuss his conversations with faith, law enforcement and business leaders across the country, which he highlights in his new book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017).

Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver will host a discussion this evening, and Changing Hands Tempe, a bookstore in the Phoenix area, will host a Wednesday evening event.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

https://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-may-19-2017/

MUST READS:

THE HILL (Gonzalez and Valdez Op-Ed): Congress, do not burden local law enforcement on immigration
By Edward Gonzalez and Lupe Valdez, Opinion Contributors
May 17, 2017

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled Thursday to mark up a bill that would make it harder for local law enforcement to police for crimes and keep you safe.

As written, the Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act would divert our attention from our core mission. The act essentially would require us to become agents enforcing federal immigration law, diverting our time and resources away from public safety.

Don’t get us wrong: We are proud to partner with federal immigration enforcement efforts when serious criminals are involved and public safety is at stake. But we simply do not have the resources to make immigration enforcement a top priority without sacrificing other, more important community safety efforts.

We should not spend our time and taxpayers’ money apprehending and removing immigrants who are merely seeking to work or reunite with family. We can all agree that true threats to public safety and security are where state and local law enforcement should be devoting our limited resources and funding.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/333919-congress-do-not-burden-local-law-enforcement-on

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: Immigration is at the Heart of U.S. Competitiveness
By Mohamad Ali
May 15, 2017

John F. Kennedy Airport, 1981. I was 11 years old, and my mom and I had just arrived from Guyana. Together, we had $34. We approached a big machine that we had never seen before and stood at bottom puzzling over the best way to get on and off it.

Later we learned that the machine was called an escalator. At that moment, looking up from the bottom of the escalator, the idea that I would one day run a technology company seemed unfathomable. In time, I would become a U.S. citizen, earn engineering degrees from Stanford, and work at IBM and Hewlett-Packard. Today I am the CEO of Carbonite, a publicly-traded data protection company.

This is possible because this is the United States of America. I believe the U.S. draws its global competitive advantage from its openness to new people and new ideas. It’s an ability the country devalues at its peril. We risk impeding growth in sectors such as high tech and life sciences if we make it harder for top talent to arrive and compete for jobs.

Read more: https://hbr.org/2017/05/immigration-is-at-the-heart-of-u-s-competitiveness

THE WASHINGTON POST: He was promised he could live in the U.S. after serving in Afghanistan. But they never let him in.
By Abigail Hauslohner
May 15, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J. — It has been two months since the flight landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, delivering Abdul to a country that had promised him safety.

But the 25-year-old Afghan, holding a visa that allowed him to move to the United States after five years of serving the U.S. government in Afghanistan, has never officially set foot on U.S. soil. Instead, he stepped off the plane into a bewildering journey through U.S. immigration detention, during which he was stripped of his visa and placed in a holding facility for illegal immigrants without ever being told why.

Advocates say Abdul is the first known person to have his Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) revoked upon arrival to the United States but is among a few recipients of that visa to face a heightened level of scrutiny — and to be held in detention — since President Trump promised to tighten the nation’s borders.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/he-was-told-he-could-live-in-the-us-after-serving-in-afghanistan-but-they-never-let-him-in/2017/05/15/32e985a4-30f0-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html