The Week Ahead: Oct. 16-20

Communications Assistant

October 16, 2017


“[The program] helped me a lot. I’m so grateful that [New American Workforce] came to my worksite. I felt comfortable with them right away. It felt like I had known them for years. They’ll tell you right away if you qualify and help you with all of the legal papers — they’re humans, not computers, so that makes a big difference.”

— Daniel Orozco, Evans Hotels employee and New American Workforce participant, Oct. 12


Maryland Hearing to Address Latest Travel Ban; Other Challenges May Follow

A hearing on the latest version of the Trump administration’s travel ban is scheduled to take place in Maryland today after multiple parties challenged it.

The new version of the ban is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. It adds Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the list of affected countries, which also includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Plaintiffs in earlier cases in Washington state and Washington, D.C., challenging the previous version of the ban are seeking to get stays lifted in order to challenge the newest iteration.

UCLA School of Law Event to Focus on Culture and Immigration
An immigration talk the UCLA School of Law will host Tuesday will focus on the role of culture and values in America’s immigration debate.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will be in conversation with Francisco Carillo, Executive Director of Federal Relations at UCLA, about how communities across the country are confronting the changing nature of American identity. He also will discuss his book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017).

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at room 1430 at the law school. For more information and to RSVP for this event, visit the event page here.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


FOX NEWS (Noorani Op-Ed): On immigration, Trump is missing the ‘Nixon in China’ moment that could be his crowning achievement
By Ali Noorani
Oct. 12, 2017

President Trump’s immigration principles were designed to set a bright red line for any upcoming negotiations on immigration-related legislation.
And set a bright red line they did: one that divides Republicans in Congress, alienates Democrats, and pulls Americans toward the extremes on a vexing and sensitive issue.
In his transmittal letter to Congress, the President stated that without a border wall, faster deportations of unaccompanied minors, a crackdown on “sanctuary cities,” and an overhaul of the legal immigration system to drastically reduce legal entry —  among other requirements — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would not receive legal status. A senior administration official also made it clear that DACA recipients would not receive citizenship no matter what.
If Trump stays within these boundaries, in one fell swoop, he will have turned a victory on par with “Nixon goes to China” into just another Washington defeat – akin to the two suffered by President Obama and President George W. Bush on the very same issue.
The substance here is not terribly surprising. Reports of these principles have littered the news for weeks. And, if anything, they are a continuation of what the president laid out over the campaign and in his initial immigration enforcement executive orders. The policy proposals are misguided and do little to serve American workers or their families.
And that’s a shame because politically there is real momentum to bring Republicans and Democrats together. Instead of allowing members of his staff – none of whom were on the ballot in 2016 – to insert their agendas over common sense reforms, the president should seize the opportunity to make history.
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USA TODAY: 20,000 DACA teachers at risk—and your kids could feel the fallout, too
By Greg Toppo
Oct. 11, 2017

Growing up in metro Atlanta, Yehimi Adriana Cambrón Álvarez could see Cross Keys High School from her bedroom window.
Born in Morelia, in Mexico’s central Michoacán state, a place especially hard-hit by the country’s drug war, she was brought to De Kalb County, Ga., as a child. Cambrón grew up as an undocumented immigrant, one of an estimated 11.3 million. She graduated from Cross Keys and earned a studio art degree in 2014.
She’s now deep into her third year teaching art at her alma mater.
“This has kind of been my dream, to come back and teach here,” Cambrón said on Tuesday as she prepped for classes. “This is a community that I grew up in — this is where I call home.”
Her well-laid plans could soon collapse: Last month, the Trump administration began winding down Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the 2012 Obama administration program designed to protect undocumented immigrants brought here as children.
If lawmakers can’t fix DACA, Cambrón and thousands of teachers like her could face deportation when their work permits expire — in her case, that happens in February 2018.
Her students, she said, are “very aware of what’s happening” with the program. “It’s very real for them.”
Cambrón added: “They’re just in shock that I could be taken away from the classroom like that.”
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