The Week Ahead: May 30-June 2

Communications Associate

May 30, 2017

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“ICE crackdowns that lead to fathers or mothers being deported and breaking up families — that’s not a Christian approach. Yes, there has been a law violation, but why need it lead to deportation?”

— Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary professor, May 22

SUMMARY

Report: ICE to Resume Weekly Detainer Reports

After halting the release of its weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report on April 11 because reports included misleading or inaccurate information, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman has said the agency will resume issuing the reports this week.

The reports publicize jurisdictions that elect not to honor immigration detainers — federal requests to state and local law enforcement agencies to hold individuals suspected of being in the country without authorization. Legal and constitutional concerns often inhibit cities and counties from honoring these voluntary requests.

Book Discussion in Seattle to Focus on Values and Immigrants

Highlighting the perspectives of unexpected allies for immigrants across the United States, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will appear in Seattle this week. Noorani will discuss his new book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017), at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Immigrant Heritage Month Starts This Week

Thursday will mark the beginning of Immigrant Heritage Month, an effort to highlight the contributions and stories of immigrants across the country. The “I Am An Immigrant” campaign includes hundreds of leaders, companies and organizations that will celebrate immigrant heritage in America throughout June.

This year’s events will include film screenings, community service events, a pop-up store, a celebrity photo shoot and more.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

http://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-may-26-2017/

MUST READS:

NPR: Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen
By Wynne Davis, Liyna Anwar and Jud Esty-Kendall
May 26, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is a time when a lot of Americans remember those who have served and lost their lives during war — and not all of those individuals were U.S. citizens.

When the Iraq war started, nearly 40,000 members of the military were not U.S. citizens. Army Pfc. Diego Rincon was one of them.

In 1989, his family immigrated to the U.S. from Colombia. In 2003, he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He died for his country even though he wasn’t a citizen.

His parents, George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes still remember their son and how quickly he adapted to his home in the U.S.

“We came here when he was 5-years-old,” Reyes says. “Diego started speaking English faster than we did. He was often letting me know, ‘When I finish high school, I’m going to join the Army.’ ”

Diego did go on to join the Army and he was on his way to becoming a citizen, along with his parents.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/26/530026309/remembering-a-soldier-who-died-for-his-country-before-becoming-a-citizen

NEW YORK TIMES: Immigrants Keep an Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive and Growing
By Patricia Cohen
May 29, 2017

STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much the only way to nab that kind of union job was to have a father, an uncle or a brother already there. The pay, he recalled, was $16 an hour, with benefits — enough to own a home, a couple of cars, a camper and a boat, while your wife stayed home with the children.

“It was the best-paying job you could get, 100 percent, if you were unskilled,” said Mr. Smith, now 66, who followed his father through the plant gates.

After nearly four decades at the plant, most of them as a forklift driver, Mr. Smith is retiring this month.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/29/business/economy/storm-lake-iowa-immigrant-workers.html