The Week Ahead Sept. 21-25

Communications Associate

September 21, 2015


“The Republican Party cannot continue to be seen as anti-Hispanic, or it’ll eventually be voted out of here.”
— The Rev. Jim Goodroe, missions director for a network of Southern Baptist churches in upstate South Carolina, Sept. 18


Attention Shifts to Pope’s Positive Message as Refugees Stay in Headlines

The pope’s six-day U.S. visit to the United States comes at a critical time when the world is responding to refugees fleeing war in Syria and conservative leaders and others are trying to change the tone of the immigration debate here.

On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. will increase refugee admissions in 2016 and 2017, in response to the large increase in the number of refugees worldwide.

Pope Francis is set to arrive in the nation’s capital Tuesday afternoon and stay until Thursday afternoon. His D.C. visit will include an address to Congress on Thursday, in which he is likely to call for welcoming immigrants and compassionate action in response to global migration.

During the pope’s visit, he will meet with undocumented immigrants and likely speak to the need to welcome the stranger. Notably, 14 of the 18 speeches he is scheduled to deliver in the U.S. will be in Spanish. How candidates and policymakers on both sides of the aisle react will be a focal point.

Sept. 29 Event, New Study Highlight Immigrant Integration Patterns

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is releasing a study today on the integration of immigrants into society. The report is the first follow up to the academy’s 1971 study on the same topic.

Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University and chair of the NAS Integration of Immigrants into American Society panel, will be speaking about the report’s findings and implications during a panel discussion, “America’s Potential: The Next 50 Years of the 1965 Immigration Act,” which the National Immigration Forum is hosting Sept. 29. The event is open to press and the public.

Additional featured speakers include Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio correspondent and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story; Mee Moua, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC); Fernand Amandi, principal at Bendixen and Amandi International; and Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino.

All times Eastern unless noted.

Tuesday, September 22
9 a.m. The Catholic Charities of Los Angeles will host a Citizenship Clinic. 1530 James M. Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. For more information contact Dahlia Guajardo, 213-251-3501.
• The pope will visit the nation’s capital from the Tuesday through Thursday. He will be in the U.S. through Sunday.

Wednesday, September 23
6 a.m. The NALEO Education Fund will hold an Immigration Information Fair. Allan Elementary, 4900 Gonzales Drive, Austin, Texas. For more information contact Liliana Mireles, 210-815-4791.

Friday, September 25
10 a.m. The Chinese Community Center in Houston will hold a Citizenship Information Fair. 9800 Town Park Drive, Houston. For more information, contact Aly Arnold, 713-271-6100, or Dan Nguyen, 713-271-6100 x203.
• 10 a.m. The Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service is hosting a Citizenship Clinic. 3621 Brunswick Avenue, Los Angeles. For more information, contact 323-667-0489 ext. 12.

Monday, September 28
9 to 11 a.m. The National Academy of Sciences hosts a public briefing on its new study, “The Integration of Immigrants into American Society.” Members Room, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington. A webcast will be available here.

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


THE HILL (Elizondo and Anderson Op-Ed): With the Pope’s visit, it’s time to welcome immigrants and refugees
By Bishop Eusebio Elizondo and Leith Anderson
September 18, 2015
In a few days, Pope Francis will address our nation, carrying a message of hope, particularly for those who live on the margins of our society — the poor, the dispossessed, the immigrant and the refugee. His historic visit is an opportunity to catalyze new efforts to respond to the world refugee crisis and to reenergize the currently stalled efforts to fix our broken immigration system.
The plight of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, with the contrasting responses of rejection and welcome, has captured the world’s attention in recent days. We identify with the hopes and aspirations of parents seeking a safe place to raise their kids. Catholics and evangelicals who follow Jesus, who fled the persecution of Herod and was Himself a refugee, are called by God to open our hearts to the persecuted.
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Elizondo is the auxiliary bishop of Seattle, Washington, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration; Anderson is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE (Avila Op-Ed): Businesses celebrate aspiring immigrant employees
By Paola Avila
Sept. 18, 2015
Our nation has a rich immigrant history and today it is local businesses that are helping our community’s immigrants reach their fullest potential.
In the San Diego area alone, more than 200,000 immigrants are eligible for citizenship. They have been working in their communities for years, filing taxes, and contributing to the economy.
Through our work with New American Workforce, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is connecting local businesses with immigrant service providers to assist legal permanent resident employees in becoming citizens. These partnerships are helping local immigrants become full participants in our community and bolstering our local workforce and economy.
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Avila is vice president, international business affairs, for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.