The Week Ahead Sept. 14-18

Communications Associate

September 14, 2015


“As we work to modernize our immigration laws, let us remember that America’s ideals of freedom, liberty and opportunity will continue to call many to her shore. Immigrants willing to work in the United States contribute greatly to our economy, society and culture.”
– Daniel Garza, executive director of the Libre Initiative in a letter released Sept. 9


GOP Presidential Candidates to Debate
The next GOP presidential debates will take place this Wednesday, and immigration is sure to be a topic of conversation. As with the first debate, there will be two presidential candidate forums; an earlier one for candidates who polled at least 1 percent in three national polls, and a later one for the top ten candidates.

The CNN-hosted debate is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, a building which honors a revered GOP figure who envisioned a country that welcomed immigrants and their contributions.

In the wake of the hateful rhetoric coming from many presidential hopefuls, voters will be looking to see if candidates have real answers on how they plan to address our broken immigration system.

Immigration to Remain in the Spotlight
Different aspects of immigration will be part of the larger conversation for the rest of this month.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold an executive business meeting to mark up S. 1814, the Stop Sanctuary Cities Act sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) on Thursday morning. Law enforcement leaders have previously denounced the bill, expressing concerns about the bill’s effect on community policing.

Thursday, Sept. 17 is also Citizenship Day, a national observance of the U.S. Constitution and of those who have become U.S. citizens. To mark the occasion, New American Workforce will host a business roundtable in San Diego, and the New Americans Campaign and its local partners will host citizenship workshops.

Pope Francis, who has embraced the plight of migrants, will visit the U.S. Sept. 22-27. As the first pontiff ever to address a joint session of Congress, Francis is likely to challenge U.S. leaders to respond humanely to the migrant crisis, as he done with other world leaders.

All times Eastern unless noted.

Tuesday, September 15
• 2 p.m. The Center for Migration Studies of New York will hold a discussion, “Immigration Reform and Administrative Relief: 2014 and Beyond.” Center for Migration Studies, 307 East 60th St, 6th Floor, New York.

Wednesday, September 16
• 8 p.m. CNN will host the next Republican presidential candidate debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California.

Thursday, September 17
• 10 a.m. Bipartisan Policy Center will host “EB-5 Program: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities for States and Localities.” Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C
• 10 a.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee will host an executive business meeting on S. 1814, Stop Sanctuary Cities Act. Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building.
• 11 a.m. The New Americans Campaign will host a Citizenship Assistance Workshop organized by NALEO Educational Fund, Catholic Migration Services, New York Immigration Coalition and New York Legal Assistance Group. Holy Family St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, which is located at 249 9th Street Brooklyn, NY.
• 4pm Catholic Legal Services of Miami is hosting a Citizenship phone bank in honor of Citizenship Day. For more information, contact 1-888-823-9588.
• 5 p.m. NALEO Educational Fund will host a citizenship phone bank through the New Americans Campaign as part of their Citizenship Day support in Houston. For more information, contact 1-855-841-4545.

Friday, September 18
• 9:30 a.m. The New Americans Campaign will hold a Citizenship Assistance Workshop.t Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc., 501 First Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL.

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


WASHINGTON POST (Case Op-Ed): Business leaders must speak out against Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric
By Steve Case
September 11, 2015
Like Donald Trump, I am an entrepreneur and investor, and I am also driven by a desire to “make America great again.” But he and I have very different visions about how to do that, especially around the issue of immigration.
I have tried to steer clear of politics and focus on policy — in particular, the policies that can help the United States remain the world’s most innovative, entrepreneurial nation. That led me to become an advocate for the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act to help more entrepreneurs start and grow their companies. And that led me to push for immigration reform, as it’s clear to me that we are beginning to lose what is now a global battle for talent. I understand that immigration policy is sensitive and complex, but I’ve long believed it’s not just a problem we need to solve, but also an opportunity to seize.
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WALL STREET JOURNAL (Noonan Column): The Migrants and the Elites
A humanitarian crisis threatens the future of Western institutions.
By Peggy Noonan
September 10, 2015
What a crisis Europe is in, with waves of migrants reaching its shores as the Arab world implodes. It is the biggest migration into Europe since the end of World War II and is shaping up to be its first great and sustained challenge of the 21st century. It may in fact shape that continent’s nature and history as surely as did World War I.
It is a humanitarian crisis. As Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations notes, it will not soon go away, for two reasons. First, the Mideast will not be peaceful anytime soon and may well become more turbulent. Second, “The more that Europe responds the more it will reinforce the supply of migrants. Europe is caught.” If it doesn’t respond with compassion and generosity it is wrong in humanitarian terms; if it does, more will come and the problem grows. “This is now part of the architecture,” says Mr. Haass.
Three hundred eighty-one thousand detected migrants have arrived so far this year, up from 216,000 in all of 2014. Almost 3,000 died on the journey or are missing. The symbol of their plight is the photo of the 3-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, who drowned along with his mother and 5-year-old brother when their boat capsized near a Turkish beach. Just as horrifying is what was found inside a Volvorefrigerated truck stranded on the shoulder of the A4 highway 30 miles from Vienna in late August. Inside were 71 bodies, including a 1½-year-old girl, all dead of suffocation. They’d been left there by human smugglers.
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