The Week Ahead: October 27-31

Communications Associate

October 27, 2014

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Immigration isn’t a challenge. It’s what makes us great. If we do immigration smarter and more, we will leave the rest of the world in the dust.”
– Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, at the Immigration 2020 National Strategy Session, Oct. 23

SUMMARY

Immigration 2020 Moves Conversation Forward
During a successful conversation on immigration on Thursday at a National Strategy Session, close to 200 faith, law enforcement, business and other civic leaders from across the country met to shape a forward-looking Immigration 2020 agenda. As our nation’s demographic changes continue, Immigration 2020 and its leading voices will emphasize that America thrives when new Americans have the opportunities, skills and status to reach their fullest potential.

The conversation is getting under way as the midterm elections approach — after which both parties will need to decide how they will reach out to a diversifying electorate between now and 2016.

CALENDAR
All times Eastern unless noted.

Monday, October 27
• 6 p.m. The National Press Club will hold a book discussion on “Reporting at the Southern Borders: Journalism and Public Debates on Immigration in the U.S. and the E.U.“ For more information on tickets, visit this website.

Wednesday, October 29
• 10:30 a.m. CDT. The New Americans Campaign will host a CitizenshipWorks Workshop in Houston to offer citizenship application assistance in English and Spanish. Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation Blvd., Houston. To register contact 713-273-3707 or immigration@neighborhood-centers.org.

Thursday, October 30
• 5 p.m. CDT The New Americans Campaign and Bonding Against Adversity, Inc., will host a Citizenship Clinic in English and Spanish. LSC Greenspoint Center, 250 N. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston. For more information contact arianas@bondingagainstadversity.org or 713-471-5832.

IMMIGRATION POLICY UPDATE
In place of the Legislative Update, please read the Forum’s monthly Immigration Policy Update for October: http://immigrationforum.org/blog/policy-update-washington-waits-for-midterms/

MUST READ: CREATORS SYNDICATE (Chavez Column): The huge non-issue in campaign 2014
By Linda Chavez
October 24, 2014
One of the surprising and welcome shifts in the political landscape this election cycle is that high-profile Republican candidates, by and large, have not made opposition to immigration reform a major focus of their campaigns.
With the exception of incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas and challenger Scott Brown in New Hampshire, most GOP candidates haven’t been beating the anti-illegal-immigration drum to drive their base to the polls.
But even these notable exceptions suggest that immigration doesn’t carry quite the punch it once did.
Both Roberts and Brown invoked the specter of illegal immigration when they became desperate to turn around flailing campaigns — a tactic Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has also tried in Kentucky, claiming Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pro-amnesty.
Why the difference in tone in this election?
To read more click here.

NBC NEWS: Poll: Immigrants Seen as Economic Plus With Border Crisis Over
By Suzanne Gamboa
October 23, 2014
WASHINGTON — Americans who were shaken up by this summer’s influx of children and families from Central America have regained confidence that immigrants are more of a plus than a burden.
Polling by Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI, shows fears that immigrants are taking jobs, housing and health care have fallen to levels close to those seen before the summer crisis.
In early May, 61 percent of people surveyed by PRRI saw immigrants as strengthening the country, versus 29 percent who saw them as a burden. By mid-July, those numbers dropped to 48 percent and 41 percent respectively. Those concerns were real when people were seeing the headlines on a daily basis about the crisis, said Robert Jones, CEO of PRRI.
But by the end of September, according to new polling numbers released Thursday by PRRI, 54 percent of Americans saw immigrants as a economic plus and 35 percent as an economic burden.
Despite the ups and downs of Americans’ economic feelings about immigrants and the rhetoric of midterm elections, PRRI’s polling also shows that Americans’ support for a path to citizenship for immigrants illegally in the country remains consistent, logging at 60 percent at the end of September.
To read more click here.