The Week Ahead: Oct. 2-6, 2017
October 2, 2017
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Congress must act urgently to address this emergency by passing bipartisan legislation that will allow our economy to continue to thrive and give Dreamers the chance to earn citizenship in the only country they know as home.”
— Mark Delich, former senior adviser to Sen. John McCain; director of congressional affairs, FWD.us, Sept. 27
Sen. Thom Tillis to Speak at ‘Leading the Way’ Thursday
Faith, law enforcement, business and other leaders will convene in Washington, D.C., Thursday to discuss immigration policy solutions.
Participants in Leading the Way: A New Approach to American Immigration will focus on immigration policies that benefit American workers and families. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), who recently introduced the SUCCEED Act as a legislative solution for Dreamers, will give the keynote address.
Meetings with congressional offices are scheduled for Wednesday.
Law Enforcement Leaders Send Dreamers Letter to Congress
Today 60 police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders sent a letter to members of Congress to express support for a bipartisan legislative solution that would allow Dreamers to remain in the country. These law enforcement officers, who are members of the Law Enforcement Immigration Taskforce, are among the 83 percent of Americans, including 75 percent of Trump voters, who favor a way for Dreamers to remain in the country and obtain work permits.
Meanwhile, Thursday is the last day on which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept renewal applications for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) whose deferred action expires between Sept. 5 and March 5, 2018. USCIS must receive the applications by that day. President Trump rescinded DACA on Sept. 5.
White House Expected to Release Immigration Principles
The White House is expected to release a list of principles on immigration this week that the administration “support[s] and would like to see done legislatively,” according to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The White House document, according to McClatchy, includes proposals such as eliminating protections for unaccompanied children who are in the country illegally; restricting eligibility for asylum, humanitarian parole and abused or abandoned foreign children; hiring thousands more immigration officers, prosecutors and judges; implementing E-verify; and reducing legal immigration.
Congressional Markups and Hearings Scheduled
The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday morning entitled “Oversight of the Administration’s Decision to End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” which coincides with this week’s deadline for DACA recipients to renew their applications.
The House Homeland Security Committee is scheduled mark up the Border Security for America Act of 2017 (H.R. 3548) starting Wednesday morning. The bill, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on July 28, would expand border security in the United States through the construction of physical barriers along the southern border, investment in border technology and ports of entry, and increasing the number of Border Patrol agents and Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers in the country.
Summary of legislation introduced and government reports on immigration: http://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-september-29-2017/
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (Johnson Post): Providing Legislative Relief for DACA Recipients: Just Do It
By Randel K Johnson
Sept. 28, 2017
This program, established by President Obama in June 2012, provided relief from the threat of deportation for certain eligible individuals who were illegally brought to the United States as children. While reasonable minds can disagree about the merits of the legal justification used by the Obama administration to enact DACA, arguments about the negative impact that DACA recipients have had on the job prospects and wages of American workers is disingenuous.
DACA detractors would like the public to believe that DACA recipients are harming working class Americans by directly competing with them for jobs. Underlying this statement is the assumption that there are a fixed number of jobs in the economy such that when one job goes to a non-U.S. citizen, regardless of their legal status, that’s a job taken away from an American citizen. History shows us this line of reasoning to be fallacious. As noted recently in the Washington Post, the U.S. labor force doubled between 1970 and 2017. Rather than ending up with a 50 percent unemployment rate, U.S. employment grew two-fold.
CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY: How the US Church is ‘sharing the journey’ with immigrants
By Matt Hadro
Sept. 27, 2017
Catholic leaders in the U.S. are hoping that the newly announced “Share the Journey” campaign will foster a welcoming attitude towards migrants and refugees.
“It’s an important time to remind ourselves that welcoming the stranger, being a good neighbor, doing whatever we can for the least among us, that this is our duty as Christians, to accept, not reject,” Bill Canny, executive director of Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told CNA.
The international Catholic aid confederation Caritas Internationalis initiated the “Share the Journey” campaign on Sept. 27. In Pope Francis’ weekly general audience on Wednesday morning, he spoke of the virtue of hope, exhorting the audience to share in the journey of migrants and others. “We are not afraid to share the trip! We are not afraid! We are not afraid to share hope!” he said.
CATO INSTITUTE (Nowrasteh Post): President Trump’s New Travel Executive Order Has Little National Security Justification
By Alex Nowraseth
Sept. 25, 2017
President Trump issued a new proclamation that expanded a list of the so-called “travel ban” countries that were the subject of an executive order he issued early in his administration. His first order temporarily banned the entry of nationals from six countries for dubious national security reasons. His new order expands the list to eight countries (as I somewhat predicted). They include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. From the original six, he subtracted Sudan and added Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. The new executive order is also not a complete ban for all of those countries. All North Koreans and Syrians are barred from obtaining visas while nationals from the other six countries face varying degrees of additional security checks on specific visas or broader categories (such as nonimmigrant or immigrant).