The Week Ahead: Nov. 7-11

Communications Associate

November 7, 2016


“The state to look at is Texas. Without Texas being a solidly Republican state, it’s over. There are no more national elections. Republicans will probably hold the congressional seat in Provo for generations to come, but once Texas goes Democrat, there’s really no need for a presidential election anymore the numbers are just too overwhelming electorally. And so if that vote is within 3 or 4 percent, that’s really ominous for Republicans. You can draw your own conclusions about how they ought to respond to that, whether we ought to tighten immigration or they ought to win more Latino votes. But it definitely means that everything is different.”

— Tucker Carlson, Fox News host and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, on NPR’s Morning Edition, Nov. 7


Tuesday’s Elections to Guide What’s Next on Immigration

After the election, voters will be looking to see whether the new Congress and the new administration will provide practical, much-needed solutions on immigration beyond politics. Polarizing policies and disparaging rhetoric take us away from solutions that consider our nation’s values, communities and economy.

Broad agreement for a realistic approach on immigration during a divisive election season indicates the need for reform next year. Eighty percent of voters overall — including 60 percent of those who back Donald Trump — support legal status for the undocumented if they meet certain requirements.

New Immigration Policy Paper Provides Skills and Workforce Recommendations

The National Immigration Forum released a new paper on immigration and workforce development, “Skills and Training for New Americans: Creating a Thriving Economy That Works For All of Us”.

The paper focuses on maximizing the contributions of the immigrant workforce to strengthen our economy, boost the competitiveness of our businesses, and increase the capacity for talent and innovation.

Other policy papers released this fall that expand upon the Forum’s Immigration 2020 Agenda focus on a 21st century immigration system, the road to naturalization and language learning for a global society. The next paper on the final agenda point, Opportunities for New Americans, will be released this week.

Law Enforcement and Veterans Leaders to Speak on Immigration This Week

Law enforcement leaders will join a telephonic press conference on Thursday to discuss their support for immigrants and immigration and to call on Congress and the new administration to move forward on reform. The call will feature members of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force, including Police Chief Art Acevedo of Austin, Texas; Police Chief Fred Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mark Prosser, Public Safety Director, Storm Lake, Iowa; and Police Chief Mike Tupper of Marshalltown, Iowa.

A Monday, Nov. 14, press conference featuring a panel of veterans and national security thought leaders will focus on the effects of our current immigration laws on military service members and veterans. The event will announce the launch of Veterans for New Americans, an effort to engage the veterans community across the country in support of bipartisan immigration solutions. The panel will be held at 9 a.m. at the National Press Club, Lisagor Room.


Our summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration is posting every other week during Congress’ recess. The latest:


THE HILL (Kemp and Noorani Op-Ed): Conservatives: Make immigration reform a priority and a reality
By Jimmy Kemp and Ali Noorani
Nov. 1, 2016

While the political atmosphere surrounding immigration policy is charged, there is right of center political support for immigrants and immigration reform.

Surprised? Don’t be, rhetoric as we know, can overwhelm substance at times like these.

In the midst of a presidential campaign like no other — less than 12 hours after the first presidential debate, in fact — conservative speakers representing business, academia, politics, faith, and national security gathered in Miami recently to talk about the need for immigration reform that prioritizes national security, is consistent with rule of law, emphasizes accountability and benefits all Americans.

At the Kemp Forum on the Future of Immigrants and America, people from a broad range of fields spoke about the importance of immigrant communities, economically and otherwise.

That bodes well for a constructive conversation after the dust settles, regardless of the result of the presidential election. No matter how close the election is, Republicans and Democrats in Congress will need to work together with the new administration to make immigration reform a priority and a reality, not just a pipe dream.

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WASHINGTON POST: ‘Hello Rafael, would you like to sit with me today.’ A child’s simple — and timely — gift.
By Samantha Schmidt
Nov. 4, 2016

For his first 10 days of fifth grade in his California elementary school, Rafael Anaya sat alone at lunch. Having just moved to the United States from Mexico, the 10-year-old navigated his classes, hallways and recess without knowing any English. He would come home and cry almost every day.

“I didn’t understand anyone,” Rafael said in Spanish, in a phone interview with The Washington Post. “I didn’t know anyone.”

Then, last Wednesday morning, a girl in his class came up to him with a note in Spanish, scribbled in ink on a folded piece of paper.

“Hello Rafael, would you like to sit with me today,” the note read in broken Spanish. “Look for me and I will show you where I sit. We could be coloring or just telling scary stories. Thanks for your time. Signing, Amanda.”

The classmate, Amanda Moore, had noticed Rafael sitting alone at lunch, and tried to introduce herself to him, but he couldn’t understand her. So, not knowing any Spanish, she decided she would use Google Translate to write him the note — in his native language.

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NBC NEWS: High Latino Early Voting Turnout Being Seen in Some States
By Suzanne Gamboa
Nov. 5, 2016

A long, long, long line of early voters in a Las Vegas grocery store over the weekend and reports of other high Latino early voting has been creating some excitement as Election Day nears.

Witnesses to the long lines to vote at Cardenas grocery store – where the poll was open until 10 p.m. Friday – were ecstatic and amazed by the numbers who were waiting to cast their ballot.

The Arizona Republic reported that the state has seen the largest increase in Latino early voting than any state.

The newspaper said that as of Oct. 30, Latino voters cast 13 percent of the early ballots, up from 11 percent at the same point before the 2012 presidential election and up from 8 percent in 2008.

The Austin American-Statesman reported a 26.6 increase as of last Wednesday over 2012 in early voting by Latinos with Spanish surnames in the state’s 20 biggest counties, based on an analysis by a political consultant and former researcher with the Republican Party of Texas.

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