The Week Ahead October 14-17

October 14, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Immigrants have been the life blood of American prosperity since our founding. By providing opportunities to newcomers, we enrich all Americans.”

— – Linda Chavez, President of Becoming American Institute, in an Oct. 8 tweet on why she will be attending the Immigration 2020 National Strategy Session

SUMMARY

Moving the Conversation Forward on Immigration
As the political bickering and speculation over immigration continues, national and local leadersfrom across the country are coming to Washington, D.C. next week to move the conversation on immigration forward. These leaders will discuss how immigrants and immigration benefit and shape our country, how these trends will only continue and magnify in the coming decades, and how we should face this future as a nation.

Increasingly, local cities are already taking matters into their own hands on immigration – fromrefusing to uphold federal immigration detainers to looking for ways to draw immigrants and enjoy the benefits.

This National Strategy Session aims to build an Immigration 2020 Agenda that meets the challenge of ensuring America succeeds because new Americans have the opportunities, skills and status to reach their greatest potential.

CALENDAR: Please visit our Events page to find this week’s immigration-related events.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN
Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:
http://immigrationforum.org/images/uploads/2014/LegBulletin.pdf

MUST READ:NATIONAL JOURNAL: Why Des Moines Can Be a Model for Urban Schools
A majority of students are minorities. Poverty rates are going up. Refugees speak 100 different languages and dialects. And despite all this, the school district is seeing gains.
These English Language Learners at North High School are some of the 6,100 students in the school district’s program.(Mauro Whiteman)
National Journal recently visited Des Moines to see how an increasingly diverse population—a majority of public-school students are now minorities—and booming economic development have changed this once-sleepy town. In the coming weeks, Next America will publish a series of stories about the reality of 21st-century Iowa.
Read more: http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/population-2043/why-des-moines-can-be-a-model-for-urban-schools-20141008