The Week Ahead: Oct. 23-27

Communications Associate

October 23, 2017


“When I served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, I took on the duty of helping brave immigrants apply for and expedite their citizenship process… Of everything I did during my service, there is nothing I’m prouder of than this.”

— Richard Allen Smith, former Army sergeant and Afghanistan war veteran, Oct. 23


Justice Department Appeals Travel Ban Following Federal Judge Ruling

The latest version of the Trump administration’s travel ban remains in limbo after federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland halted its implementation last week.

Friday the Justice Department appealed the Maryland case, in which the judge cited Trump’s comments in ruling that the latest version of the travel ban essentially remains an unconstitutional Muslim ban.

Following the appeal, the Supreme Court might consider this version of the travel ban.

This iteration, which had been set to go into effect Oct. 18, would restrict people entering the United States from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

Congress to Consider Ag Workers, E-Verify, CBP Leadership

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up separate pieces of legislation Tuesday that would affect agricultural workers and the overall employment eligibility verification process.

Draft legislation on agricultural guest workers would create a nonimmigrant H-2C work visa program. The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 3711) would implement a mandatory and permanent E-Verify system.

Also Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a confirmation hearing, postponed from July, for Kevin K. McAleenan as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan has been acting commissioner of the agency since January.

Syracuse Economic Convening to Address Immigrants’ Economic Contributions

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will speak Tuesday at the opening plenary of the Welcoming Economies Convening in Syracuse, New York, a gathering to engage around innovation and immigrant economic development.

Noorani will also discuss what he discovered about attitudes toward culture and immigrants while writing his book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017).


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WASHINGTON POST: ‘All she ever knew was America’: This high school athlete had a plan. Then DACA was rescinded.
By Jesse Dougherty
Oct. 19, 2017

The red brake lights on the cars ahead all lit up, the rush-hour traffic slowly rolled to a halt and Nicolle Uria, tightly gripping a Gatorade water bottle in one hand and her iPhone in the other, just needed someone, anyone, to answer her call.

“Come on, pick up, pick up,” Nicolle whispered to herself in the passenger’s seat, phone pressed against her ear.

It went to voice mail. She punched in another number.

“Pick up, pick up,” she said a little louder, and again no one did.

On this drizzly October evening, Nicolle found herself as she so often has since Sept. 5: stuck between two worlds as a high school student and volleyball player, and as a dreamer. The 17-year-old was coming from a meeting in Arlington with the Dream Project, an organization that helps students with various immigration statuses apply to college. She was heading to Annandale High School in Fairfax County, where she is a senior and had a volleyball match at 7:15 p.m. And, for a moment, it all felt hectic and out of her control.

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BAPTIST NEWS: Faith leaders to Trump: Don’t make TPS the next DACA
By Bob Allen
Oct. 19, 2017

Seventeen years ago, Corina Lopez came to the United States to pursue two of her biggest dreams: building a small home for herself and her family in El Salvador and learning to speak English.

Lopez, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., thought if she worked hard and managed her money well, she could save enough to return to El Salvador in just three years.

“That was my plan, but not God’s will,” Lopez said Oct. 17 at a rally outside the White House calling on President Trump to preserve a government program that gives legal-immigrant status to people from designated countries experiencing natural disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary conditions that hinder them from returning to their homes.

After a major earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit El Salvador in January 2001, President George W. Bush granted Salvadoran citizens living in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status, enabling them to remain in the country temporarily to continue to work and send money home without fear of deportation.

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