The Week Ahead: Sept. 25-29
September 25, 2017
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I wish everyone in America loved America this much. If I were a world leader, my goal would be to monopolize the world’s talent. Smart people create jobs.”
— Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, on the company’s Dreamer employees, Sept. 20
Republican Senators Introduce SUCCEED Act
Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a new bill, the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, today.
The bill serves as one possible legislative solution for Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. It follows President Trump’s rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Sept. 5.
The SUCCEED Act would allow Dreamers to earn legal status, and eventual citizenship after 15 years. In order to qualify, they must “meet specific requirements, pass an extensive criminal background check, and follow one or a combination of three merit-based tracks to demonstrate they are productive members of their communities,” according to a handout the senators circulated.
Other potential legislative solutions include the bipartisan DREAM Act, introduced July 20, and the RAC Act, introduced in the House on March 9. The SUCCEED Act is further evidence that both parties — along with the majority of Americans — want Congress to act to allow Dreamers to remain in the United States. The widespread agreement to help the Dreamers is no surprise, given the extensive benefits they bring to the U.S. economy and to our nation in general.
Trump Administration Issues New Travel Ban
On Sunday, the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions, adding three countries to the travel ban that the Supreme Court partially upheld June 26.
The ban now extends to certain nationals of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela in addition to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Sudan, which was previously subject to the ban, has been removed. The bans are indefinite and would apply more broadly than the previous travel ban.
The Supreme Court announced today that it is canceling oral arguments on the previous version of the ban, which were scheduled for Oct. 10, so both sides can file new briefs on the impact of the new directive.
Sen. Thom Tillis to Speak at ‘Leading the Way’ Oct. 5
Less than two weeks after introducing the SUCCEED Act, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) will join faith, law enforcement, business and other leaders in Washington, D.C., to discuss immigration policy solutions.
On Oct. 5, participants in Leading the Way: A New Approach to American Immigration will focus on immigration policies that benefit American workers and families. Sen. Tillis will give the keynote address.
Other notable speakers include Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), among others.
Summary of legislation introduced and government reports on immigration: http://immigrationforum.org/blog/legislative-bulletin-friday-september-22-2017/
THE DAILY CALLER (TOVAR-CONTRERAS OPINION): I’m A Conservative Dreamer. We Want To Contribute.
By Esmeralda Tovar-Contreras
Sept. 20, 2017
Our national debate on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is awakening strong emotions across the political spectrum. On Monday, for example, a group of protesters interrupted and heckled House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during an immigration-focused event organized in her San Francisco congressional district.
We can only assume that at least some protesters were themselves “Dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants like myself who were brought here as kids. I fear that many Americans see this spectacle and presume that Dreamers are rowdy, left-leaning radicals—but the reality is that many of us are conservatives, and we want nothing more than to contribute to the country that we both love and grew up in.
As a DACA recipient, I empathize with frustration and feeling helpless. We do not know what the future has in store for us and our families as Congress considers our fate.
THE WEEK (Rubin Op-Ed): The ugly history of American immigration
Sept. 21, 2017
By Rebekah Rubin
President Trump is looking to remake American immigration. And like many of the white men who have occupied the Oval Office before him, he wants to do it in his own image.
The White House recently rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy — accepting no new applicants and, in six months, no renewals. Since then, the president has reached out to Democratic leaders about crafting an unspecified deal, but, for now, almost 800,000 U.S. residents face the looming uncertainty of whether they will be required to leave the only home country they have ever known. This harsh stance is echoed in Trump’s plan to cut legal immigration by limiting immigrants’ ability to bring their family members into the country, and in the administration’s insistence that family members such as grandparents not be exempt from his Muslim travel ban, which prohibits refugees from certain countries from entering the United States.
We might like to comfort ourselves that this inhumane treatment of immigrants is un-American and a break from our past. Unfortunately, it is not.
Politico: How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens to Choke Idaho’s Dairy Industry
By Susan Ferriss
Sept. 16, 2017
JEROME, IDAHO —In the Magic Valley of southern Idaho, milk is money.
Over 400,000 cows reside in this area, where the miracle of modern irrigation from the Snake River fed pioneer farming. Bovines now outnumber humans by more than two to one. Workers in rubber boots pull long shifts feeding livestock, clearing mountains of manure and extracting millions of pounds of milk all day, every day, all year, on ranches tucked into the rock and sagebrush-studded landscape. Sleek silver tankers filled with milk barrel down Interstate 84 toward dairy processing plants, among them one owned by Chobani, which opened the world’s biggest yogurt factory five years ago just down the road in Twin Falls. Since 2000, milk production has doubled in Idaho, providing the state with $10.4 billion in direct sales, according to University of Idaho economists. Chobani’s gleaming $750 million, cream-colored plant is just one of the many big businesses linked to Idaho’s voluminous milk production, now around third- or fourth-largest among states.
In short, the Magic Valley’s dairy boom is a contemporary rural American success story—the kind that President Donald Trump railed as a candidate is too often missing across the country. Unemployment here was less than 3 percent this summer, about as good as it gets, and optimism should be high. Yet on dairy farms, among both owners and workers, a sense of dread hangs in the dry southern Idaho air.