The Week Ahead: Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Communications Assistant

October 30, 2017


“[Dreamers] are, by all accounts, Americans … I don’t even know where people would be deported to because they don’t have families there anymore.”

—Mia Love, R-Utah, Oct. 26


Temporary Protected Status Decisions for Honduras, Nicaragua Due By Sunday

Sunday is the deadline for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to decide whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to immigrants from Honduras and Nicaragua. A decision on TPS for Haitians is expected later in the month.

Created to assist citizens of countries devastated by natural disasters or conflict, TPS currently covers around 57,000 Hondurans and 2,550 Nicaraguans.

Advocates fear that ending TPS will drive those enrolled into the shadows, as continued poor conditions in their home countries prevent their return. Advocates also expect the loss of employment authorization to seriously impact several key industries in Texas and South Florida, further devastating local economies recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

10-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy Detained by Immigration Authorities

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have detained Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy, after the ambulance transporting her for emergency gallbladder surgery was stopped at a CBP checkpoint in Texas.

Hernandez, who was brought to the United States as an infant, was taken to an immigration detention facility following her surgery, despite recommendations from her doctors that she be released to a relative because of her illness.

Her detention raises serious concerns about the priorities of the Trump administration, whose immigration guidelines actively empower agents to exercise discretion on which immigrants should be targeted for deportation.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (Noorani Op-Ed): Baseball’s Growth Can Provide Template for American Unity
By Ali Noorani
Oct. 29, 2017

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too,” Yogi Berra once quipped.

As the leaves change colors, the air becomes crisp, and the Dodgers and Astros prepare for a critical Game 5, I can’t help but agree with Yogi.

Baseball is pretty good, even if it is as much a work in progress as America’s experiment in democracy.

On the field, the game offers hope. Triumph.

It also reminds us America can break our heart. Like when Bostonians berated Adam Jones. Or, in the case of Yuli Gurriel’s ugly taunt of Yu Darvish, an appropriate punishment, and an apology met with forgiveness.

But in 2017, baseball still symbolizes the very best about America: whether it’s watching the sport’s shortest player, a 5’6” second baseman belt a solo shot over the right field wall against the Yankees—launching the Astros to the World Series, or it’s enjoying the spectacle of a Dodger hitting .400 through the post-season, with a big smile and his tongue hanging out.

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COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (Alden Post): The Big Lie: Does DHS Really Have to Deport a Ten-Year-Old with Cerebral Palsy?
By Edward Alden
Oct. 27, 2017

President Donald Trump’s flexibility with facts is so often on display that it can become exhausting just trying to correct all the misinformation coming out of his administration. But I have a nominee for the biggest lie to date.

It was told to National Public Radio by the spokesman for Customs & Border Protection (CBP), an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, following the arrest this week of 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez, who suffers from cerebral palsy and was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas on her way to receive emergency gallbladder surgery. Following the operation, Rosa was taken from her parents and placed in detention awaiting removal to Mexico, where she has not lived since she was three months old.

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GREENVILLE NEWS (Morales Op-Ed): Dreamers want what we all want—the ability to provide for themselves
By Jordan Morales
Oct. 28, 2017

I had the opportunity to go to Washington recently with Veterans for New Americans, a project of the National Immigration Forum, to advocate for a permanent solution for so-called Dreamers, or people who immigrated to the US with their parents illegally as children. While there, I met with the staff members of Sen. Tim Scott and discussed why allowing these people to stay in this country is the right thing to do.

After the meeting, I came upon Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) press conference where he was touting the DREAM Act and I was able to meet several Dreamers from South Carolina who were in attendance. Often when discussing policy issues, we view it from an ivory tower. I would venture to say that most people who advocate for Dreamers to be deported or at least held political hostage in exchange for some anti-immigration or border security measure have probably never met one of these people. But meeting them really humanized the issue for me, and their stories are incredible.

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