The Week Ahead: May 8-12

Communications Associate

May 8, 2017


“I would like to invite President Trump or any of his cabinet to come down here. I’ll give ’em a free trip on the river, and they can see how unnecessary a wall would be here and the construction and everything involved to create it would just be the worst thing you could ever do. You might as well take away the park if that happens.”

— Charlie Angell, an outfitter who runs river trips up the Santa Elena Canyon in west Texas, May 3


Appeals Court to Hold Hearing on Trump Administration’s Travel Ban Today

Today in Richmond, Virginia, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the appeal of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban issued in March 2017. Judges will be hearing the case en banc before a panel of all judges who are active and eligible in the circuit.

The hearing comes after a federal judge in Maryland blocked the travel ban and halted its implementation nationwide on March 15. This will mark the first time the revised travel ban will be considered by an appeals court.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a May 15 hearing on another March 15 ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that halted the revised travel ban. That decision, unlike the Maryland decision, also halted the revised executive order’s 120-day refugee ban.

New Texas Law Harms Community Safety and Economy

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on Sunday Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), which imposes civil and criminal penalties on cities, counties, law enforcement agencies and university police departments who have or implement new policies that build trust with immigrant communities. It also penalizes departments and agencies who elect not to perform federal immigration activities beyond what the federal law requires, including choosing not to honor federal immigration detainers that have been found to be legally questionable.

The bill raises questions about its impact on the national level and how it will affect law enforcement, business and the community at large.

Many are comparing SB 4 to Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, as both force local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration responsibilities and could have ripple effects across the country.

Book Events in Boston and New York to Focus on Immigrants, Culture and Values

Discussing what he learned in interviews with faith, law enforcement and business leaders across the country in his book “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017), Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will speak at events in Boston and New York City this week.

An event today at Boston City Hall, hosted by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the City of Boston included conversation on Boston’s role in the national immigration debate. Events in the area will follow at the South End Community Health Center tonight, the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester on Tuesday and Boston University School of Public Health on Tuesday.

A Thursday event at the Tenement Museum in New York City, Noorani will participate in a panel discussion focusing on myths about immigrants of today and those of generations past.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


WALL STREET JOURNAL: Red Flag for U.S. Business Schools: Foreign Students Are Staying Away
By Kelsey Gee
May 3, 2017

The American M.B.A. degree, already losing luster at home, is facing a new challenge from abroad. For the first time in more than a decade, most graduate business schools are reporting a decline in applications from international students.

Applications from foreign students for the academic year beginning in August were down at nearly two-thirds of all two-year M.B.A. programs in the U.S. through the end of February, according to a survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Interest from international students has weakened in recent years as programs overseas have become more competitive, according to GMAC. But the trend has accelerated since the fall.

The latest declines come as many foreign students express uncertainty about the Trump administration’s immigration and work visa policies, according to deans, admissions officers, recruiters and GMAC, which administers the entrance exam most applicants take.

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WAVY TV (Virginia): Special Investigation: Immigration’s Due Process Dispute
By Lex Gray
May 1, 2017

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – As President Donald Trump moves forward with his agenda, local governments face pressure to enforce federal immigration laws, or risk being labeled “sanctuary cities” and losing federal funding.

10 On Your Side investigated how Hampton Roads’ seven cities interact with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and whether any jurisdiction is at risk of losing federal funding. The result: All seven cities could be, depending on how Trump’s administration chooses to define a sanctuary city.

In February, ICE published a list of local governments who do not comply with requests from agents to hold immigrants of questionably legal status for up to 48 hours past their release date.

Newport News made that list, prompting Sheriff Gabe Morgan to defend his city, department and relationship with federal laws.

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