The Week Ahead: Oct. 26-30

Communications Associate

October 26, 2015


“As conservatives, if we have any hope of expanding our base, we need to stop demonizing immigrants and recognize their important economic and cultural contributions. We need congressional leadership that approaches immigration from a practical, responsible, conservative standpoint and aims to do well by our nation’s people — foreign-born and native-born alike. Our party’s and our country’s futures depend on it.”
Linda Chavez, conservative commentator, president of the Becoming American Institute and Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity


Elections for New House Speaker Scheduled to Take Place This Week
As House Republicans proceed toward choosing their next speaker, conservative leaders across the country are voicing their continued support for immigration reform.

That longstanding support counters a few loud voices who are targeting Ryan on immigration. In the end, majorities across the political spectrum understand that we need a new immigration process to replace our broken system.

And as Matt Lewis pointed out Friday in the Daily Caller, “The most bitter opponents of Ryan are motivated almost solely by the issue of immigration reform — but the Freedom Caucus has a lot of members who are (or have been) open to some type of reform.”

Conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders support not only that openness, but action.

Republican Candidates to Debate in Boulder
The next GOP presidential debate is scheduled for Wednesday, and immigration is sure to be a topic of conversation in a state where the Latino vote is essential. The CNBC-hosted debate is being held at the Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Once again, there will be two tiers of debates. The first, at 4 p.m. local time, will feature Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham; the second will begin at 6 p.m. local time and feature Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul.

Voters in Colorado and nationwide will continue to be on the lookout for answers from candidates on how they plan to address our broken immigration system.

All times Eastern unless noted.

Monday, October 26

• 8:30 a.m. The New York Immigration Coalition is offering 40-hour immigration law training through Friday. Register here. The Legal Project, 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101 Albany, N.Y.
• 10 a.m. PT. Nevada Legal Services is hosting a primer on human trafficking and immigration law. Palace Station Hotel & Casino, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Salon A, Las Vegas.

Tuesday, October 27
• 9 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a panel discussion on developing communities on both sides of the Mexican border. Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
• 12 p.m. PT. The University of California, San Diego, will hold a discussion on the European refugee crisis. Malamud Room, Institute of the Americas, University of California, San Diego, 10111 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA.
• 2:30 p.m. The Migration Policy Institute will host a webinar on a new research paper studying the education and well-being of refugee children in the United States. To RSVP click here.

Wednesday, October 28
• 8:30 a.m. The Center for Migration Studies is hosting its annual symposium, “A Dialogue on Migration and Development and Refugee Protection.” Click here. One New York Plaza, New York, N.Y.
• 11 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center is hosting a presentation, “Women on the Run: First-Hand Accounts of Refugees Fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras.” RSVP here. Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
• 2 p.m. MT. Local Colorado elected officials, Latino and immigrant community leaders will hold a pre-debate press conference. CU Boulder Business Field, Regent Drive, across from debate entrance. For more information contact Kyle Tharp, 865-776-9645.
• 5 p.m. MT. A press conference and rally will launch the “My Country, My Vote” campaign in Boulder. Media availability begins at 4 p.m. Press credential required; register here. Farrand Field, University of Colorado, Boulder. For more information contact Katy Green, 650-464-1545.
• 6 p.m. MT. The next Republican primary debate will take place at the Coors Events Center, University of Colorado, Boulder (lower-tier debate begins at 4 p.m.). 950 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO.

Thursday, October 29
• 9 a.m. The Georgetown University Law Center is holding the 12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference. Bernard P. McDonough Hall, Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Friday, October 30
• 9 a.m. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice have joined together to offer an all-day training on advanced and emerging issues in immigration humanitarian relief. Click here to register.

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


THE DAILY CALLER: Why The Freedom Caucus Betrayed Talk Radio — And Backed Paul Ryan
By Matt Lewis
October 23, 2015
Despite the vehement protestations of the talk radio (Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, specifically), Ann Coulter, and the Breitbart crowd, the House Freedom Caucus backed Paul Ryan with a super majority vote (though he fell short of the official endorsement). This paved the way for him to become the next Speaker of the House.
You might be wondering how this came to be.
It’s impossible to know for sure, but I have a theory: The most bitter opponents of Ryan are motivated almost solely by the issue of immigration reform — but the Freedom Caucus has a lot of members who are (or have been) open to some type of reform (which makes sense, considering the libertarian framing of the name “Freedom Caucus”).
In a joint 2013 letter written to Sen. Rand Paul , signed by Reps. Mick Mulvaney, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie , Jeff Duncan, and Mark Meadows , the group advocated “expanding legal immigration” and finding a way to “reasonably address the reportedly 11 million people who came here knowingly and illegally…”
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NEW YORK TIMES: A Trickle of Syrian Refugees Settles Across the United States
By Haeyoun Park
Oct. 21, 2015
Since the Syrian conflict began four years ago, just 1,854 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States.
The refugees who have arrived from Syria since 2012 have been placed in 130 towns and cities. They are among the most vulnerable people in the war: single mothers and their children; religious minorities; victims of violence or torture. Some of them have reached large cities like Houston, but most have been sent to more affordable, medium-size cities by the nine voluntary agencies that handle refugee resettlement. Boise, Idaho, has accepted more refugees than San Francisco and Los Angeles combined; Worcester, Mass., has taken in more than Boston.
President Obama has said the United States will accept five times as many Syrian refugees this year as the total admitted over the last four years.
Under pressure from Europe and other countries confronting the global migration crisis, Mr. Obama has raised the number of Syrian refugees who will be offered legal status to at least 10,000 this fiscal year. Some cities and towns have resisted. In Duncan, S.C., residents and elected officials argue that the federal government cannot possibly screen out terrorists, and some say that more Muslim immigrants would threaten American culture. But the United States has admitted only small numbers of Syrian refugees compared with other countries.
Syrians still account for a small share of all refugees admitted in the United States.
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