The Week Ahead: Nov. 21-25

Communications Associate

November 21, 2016


“We’re in favor of an economic approach to immigration. For us and the 4.1 million Hispanic-owned firms in the United States, immigration reform has always been an economic imperative.”

— Javier Palomarez, President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, to, Nov. 15


Cities, Campuses and Congregations Convey Dedication to Protect Immigrants

Despite the incoming administration’s threats to withhold funding for so-called sanctuary cities, mayors from major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle have stated that they will continue established policies to limit local roles in federal immigration enforcement.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement applies federal immigration laws throughout the country, including in “sanctuary” jurisdictions. For local law enforcement, building trust within immigrant communities improves policing and helps keep everyone in the community safe.

Shifting federal responsibility for immigration enforcement to the local level would sweep too broadly, cause fewer crimes to be reported and undermine public safety efforts, local law enforcement leaders have argued.

Elsewhere, religious congregations have said that they will provide safe havens for those fear deportation, as they have done in the past. And on college and university campuses across the country, students are petitioning their administrators to protect undocumented immigrant students under the Trump administration.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE (Noorani Op-Ed): In the tough immigration debate ahead, the Utah Compact is the model
By Ali Noorani
Nov. 18, 2016

During a deeply divided time when many of our Hispanic, Asian and African friends and family members are worried about their personal safety, the culture and values of Utahns provide the nation a beacon of hope.

In April 2010, Arizona passed SB 1070, the “show me your papers” law that opened the door for local law enforcement to target those they felt were undocumented immigrants. All of a sudden, immigrant families were put on notice, and the law began to make its way north to Utah.

But, seven months later, conservative faith, law enforcement and business leadership banded together, not just to stop SB 1070, but to fundamentally change America’s immigration debate. On Nov. 11, 2010, they announced the five-principle Utah Compact.

Six years later, I think about the Utah Compact more and more. It was a simple, elegant document based on everything not just Utahns but Americans hold dear: Family, security, freedom.

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WIRED: Jeff Sessions’ Nomination As Attorney General Alarms Civil Libertarians
By Issie Lapowsky and Andy Greenberg
November 18, 2016

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP has nominated US Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be his administration’s attorney general, a move that civil liberties advocates are decrying as a likely catastrophe for privacy and immigration.

While many of Trump’s forthcoming nominations will amount to little more than inside-the-Beltway gossip, Sessions stands out. He’s an advocate for surveillance and an enemy of encryption; an opponent of criminal justice reform; and a hardliner on immigration. First elected to the US Senate in 1996, he has long stood to the right even among his conservative Republican colleagues as a champion of security above all. As Attorney General, Sessions would have the power to radically recast the Obama administration’s definition of civil liberties online and off.

The Senate Judiciary Committee must still approve Sessions’ nomination. But civil rights groups are already sounding the alarm over the possibility that he could become the most powerful law enforcement officer in the land. Sessions’ track record also suggest he’s also going to find himself at sharp odds with the tech industry’s liberal and libertarian-leaning leadership.

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