The Week Ahead: Sept 11-15

Communications Manager

September 11, 2017


“Let us not forget that America was founded upon welcoming the stranger, just as it was founded on the principal of religious freedom. We have led the world in these principles and we should continue to do so. We are a nation of immigrants.”
— Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent Emerita, Wesleyan Church, Sept. 5


Press Call Wednesday to Highlight Broad Support for Dreamers
On Wednesday (time TBD), faith, law enforcement and business leaders will join a press call to express their support for Dreamers and call for legislation that protects these young immigrants and American workers. Speakers will discuss Dreamers’ economic, workforce and community contributions and the loss America faces if they are deported or driven back into the shadows.

The National Immigration Forum will host the call in partnership with following President Trump’s rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) last Tuesday.

Forum to Host ‘Leading the Way’ Oct. 5
Faith, law enforcement, business and other leaders will meet in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5 for a constructive conversation on immigration policy solutions that serve American workers and families.

Leading the Way: A New Approach to American Immigration will answer a key question: How can we ensure that America and American workers continue to benefit from immigration, and that immigrants themselves become fully integrated into our society?

Notable speakers include keynote speaker Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina); Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush; and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), among others.

More information is available at .


Summary of legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


FOX NEWS: Sen. Thom Tillis: DACA — Yes, there is a compassionate, conservative solution
By Sen. Thom Tillis
Sept. 7, 2017
The current predicament facing President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was foreseeable. It has little to do with its policy substance and everything to do with its implementation. It’s a textbook case of executive overreach, the enactment of major immigration policy through executive action as opposed to legislation—the proper and constitutional channel. Months ago, a group of Republican state attorneys general notified the Trump administration that they intended to challenge the constitutionality of DACA through the judicial system unless the administration ended the program. Many legal experts, including DACA supporters, believed that the executive action was unlikely to survive this legal challenge.

Consequently, President Trump has rightly decided to phase out the program. Now, the political left has launched a barrage of criticism toward the president, a response that is misguided considering DACA’s shaky legal standing and the fact that the president is wisely delaying the phase-out for six months. The president has repeatedly expressed compassion towards the undocumented children population, and the delay provides Congress with a generous window of time to fulfill its responsibility to legislate and work out a long-term solution, something DACA itself never offered.

This is not a betrayal to the voters who elected President Trump. In fact, recent nationwide polls show that roughly three-quarters of Americans who supported his campaign also support addressing the legal status of children who were brought to the U.S. illegally through no fault of their own. You can count me as one of them.

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MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: Stretched for workers, Minnesota businesses lament immigration pushback
By Jim Spencer and Jennifer Brooks
Sept. 5, 2017

Pat Lunemann struggles to find employees to milk the 775 cows on his dairy farm near Clarissa, Minn. It is labor that legal immigrants from poor countries will take to gain a financial foothold in the U.S., but that many American-born workers in a vibrant Minnesota economy with low unemployment don’t want.

An existing labor shortage has the 58-year-old Lunemann worried that his third-generation family business will not survive to a fourth generation. If a Senate bill backed by President Donald Trump cuts legal immigration 50 percent in 10 years, Lunemann said, “the pool of labor will disintegrate.”

The recent anti-immigration fervor has obscured that fact to some Minnesotans, according to owners of immigrant-dependent businesses.

“It’s very difficult to move the bar” on people’s opinions about immigration, said Lunemann, whose farm is in central Minnesota’s Todd County, where 70 percent of voters supported Trump.

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