The Week Ahead: April 18-22

Assistant Director of Communications

April 18, 2016


“It is fair to argue that the solution must come from Congress – and indeed, eventually it must. But politics’ stranglehold that has blocked legislative solutions is not about to end. In the meantime, we must have a better answer than an indefinite threat of deportation for families trying to build better lives here.”

– Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, April 16


Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Expanded Deferred Action Lawsuit

This morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the case that has put President Obama’s expanded deferred action policies on hold for more than a year.

In the long run, only Congress can pass laws that replace our broken immigration system, but the Supreme Court’s consideration and ruling, likely to be announced in June, are an important step in the meantime.

The fact remains: We need an immigration process that strengthens the rule of law, boosts our economy and respects human dignity. Millions of immigrants living in the shadows is not the answer, and deferred action will never be more than a temporary answer.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


DALLAS MORNING NEWS (Valdez Op-Ed): Common sense immigration policies help police keep communities safe

By Lupe Valdez

April 14, 2016

People in Dallas County must work together to unite diverse interests for common sense immigration policies.

In our county, one out of every four of our 2.5 million residents is foreign born. We embrace our diversity as a driver of our vibrant economy, fueled by the concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters in Dallas County. Yet, Texas has taken the lead in a lawsuit that would keep law abiding, undocumented immigrants, from applying for temporary relief from deportation.

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Lupe Valdez is the Dallas County sheriff.


SACRAMENTO BEE (Rodriguez Op-Ed): Court should consider human side of immigration policies

By Samuel Rodriguez

April 16, 2016

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Monday on the challenge to some of the Obama administration’s executive actions related to immigration, we must remember the people and communities affected by our broken immigration system.

They should be the focus of the debate – not politics. That’s why I joined fellow Californians across the political spectrum in a friend-of-the-court brief urging the court to allow these policies to take effect.

Too many people, on all sides of the debate, are reading the political tea leaves ahead of the arguments in United States v. Texas and the decision expected in June. That’s if they’re not outright playing the case for political gain.

I have witnessed too many such sacrifices at the altar of political expediency. Our concern should be restricted to the vulnerable people who love their adopted country, but are held back by outdated policies and targeted by hateful rhetoric.

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of Sacramento is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The NHCLC joined a separate brief from faith organizations.


Associated Press (Nebraska): Nebraska moves to allow professional licenses for immigrants

By Grant Schulte

April 13, 2016

Nebraska lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would allow immigrants with temporary legal status to work in more than 170 professions, including jobs as teachers, nurses and doctors.

Senators passed the measure with a 33-11 vote, enough support to override a likely veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Supporters say that the youths should have access to professional and commercial licenses. The bill would apply to those who came or were brought to the country illegally, but received lawful status under President Barack Obama’s executive action allowing them to stay in the country. Nebraska had nearly 5,200 youths who could be affected by the legislation as of December, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The bill has won support from an array of business and religious groups, the Nebraska Cattlemen Association and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. It would apply to more than 170 professions, from electricians and pharmacists to tattoo artists and mixed martial artists.

“It’s a common sense workforce development proposal to keep educated and skilled residents in Nebraska,” said Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, the measure’s sponsor.

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