The Week Ahead: Nov. 14-18

Communications Associate

November 14, 2016


“Through my 29 years of service, I have gained a special appreciation for my immigrant brothers and sisters in uniform who have put themselves in harm’s way on behalf of all Americans. Today, more than ever, we need to honor their tremendous contributions by updating our national immigration laws to fully address the unique immigration challenges faced by new American veterans and their families.”

— Col. L. Carter Crewe III, USAF (Ret.), Co-Chair, Veterans Advisory Committee for Veterans Association of North County (Oceanside, California), Nov. 14


Keepers of the American Dream to Celebrate Immigrants

The National Immigration Forum will honor two Keepers of the American Dream on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Keepers of the American Dream are the heroes who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States, and are advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

This year’s honorees include Emilio T. González, Ph.D., distinguished veteran and public servant, and Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).

For more information, visit

Transition Team Considers Immigration

After a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump said that immigration and the border would be one of his top three priorities. Under Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter,” released in October, executive action on immigration and federal funding to sanctuary cities could be at risk, and large-scale deportations could commence.

President-elect Trump also proposes to introduce the End Illegal Immigration Act in Congress, which, among other things, would fund the construction of a wall in the U.S.-Mexico border under the belief that Mexico would reimburse the United States for the full cost of a wall.

The cost of such plans — to our shared values and our communities, as well as to our economy — would be severe. Moreover, 60 percent of Trump supporters and 80 percent of voters overall want a way for undocumented immigrants to earn legalized status, once they meet certain conditions, according a poll released in late October.

Veterans Support Policies that Value Immigrants in the Military

A panel of veterans today focused on the effects of our current immigration laws on military service members and veterans. They discussed how immigrants remain a vital part of our military and called for bipartisan solutions that that strengthen our national security, enhance our military readiness and support our immigrant service members, their spouses and immediate family both at home and abroad.

To view video of the Veterans for New Americans panel, visit


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

MUST READS: (Noorani Op-Ed): How Trump can avert a human tragedy
By Ali Noorani
Nov. 11, 2016

Campaigns require big promises. The Oval Office requires governing.

They are worlds apart.

In the past two years, President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on promises ranging from the mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants to building a wall along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border to temporarily banning refugees, Christian, Muslim and beyond, from particular regions.

If Trump attempts to translate these proposals into policies, led by hand-picked, compliant personnel, these actions would initiate a human tragedy — full stop.

U.S. citizen children would face the deportation of undocumented parents, leaving gaping holes in our communities.

The impact on America’s families, and the values we share as Americans, would cut deep and wide. This would be rivaled only by the actual economic costs, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. And, in the end, the return on investment would be astonishingly small in terms of national security.

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Houston Chronicle (Noorani Op-Ed): In the new world order, Houston can lead on immigration reform
By Ali Noorani
November 10, 2016

I know a lot of good people who voted for Donald Trump. They aren’t against immigrants and immigration. But they sought a different direction for America.

Many voters chose Trump due to fear of the ways our country is changing. At the same time, many in our communities now face the fear that they could be taken away by a Trump administration.

As the most diverse city in the nation, Houston resembles the future of America. And the city can lead the rest of us to unite on immigration, which became so divisive during the recent campaign.

In late October, I was honored to meet with faith, law enforcement, veterans and business leaders at a symposium on immigration at the Asia Society Texas Center. Leaders from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives spoke to the value of immigrants in their communities and the contributions they have made.

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