The Week Ahead: April 3-7

Communications Associate

April 3, 2017


“I have 50 patients today and 40 patients tomorrow. I’m just concerned they’ll be left in a lurch. They could land up in the emergency room.”

— Pankaj Satija, a legal immigrant and neurologist who helped found the Pain and Headache Centers of Texas, who is facing complications with staying in the United States, March 30


New Book Places Culture, Values at Center of Immigration Debate

To discover what Americans really think about immigrants and immigration, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, interviewed nearly 60 faith, law enforcement and business leaders all over the country.

Available Tuesday, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books) goes beyond the headlines to create a nuanced understanding about how Americans from a variety of perspectives approach the immigration debate.

Kirkus Reviews describes the book as “solid advice for an anxious and angry polity on how to talk about a growing cultural challenge.”

A launch event Tuesday at Strand Book Store in New York City will feature a conversation with Noorani and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams.

A Thursday reception in Washington, D.C., will feature a short panel discussion with Noorani and Forum board members Rebecca Tallent, Head of U.S. Government Relations at Dropbox, and Arturo Sarukhan, Mexican Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2013.

Events across the country will continue throughout April and in the coming months.

H-1B Visa Filing Period for 2017 Begins, Expected to Close This Week

The 2017 H-1B visa filing period for U.S. companies to employ foreign workers with highly specialized knowledge began today, highlighting the need for modernized solutions that allow highly skilled immigrants to contribute to our economy in ways that benefit all Americans.

Because of continued high demand, the application filing period is expected to close in just a few days.

In 2016, U.S. employers filed a record 236,000 applications for 85,000 available visas, and the period closed in less than a week.

Meanwhile, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it would create new measures to identify H-1B visa fraud. USCIS said it would target sites across the country and focus on instances where it is difficult to validate the employers’ information, employers who have high ratios of workers with H-1B visas, and employers petitioning for workers based at different locations.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


WALL STREET JOURNAL (Editorial): America’s Growing Labor Shortage
March 29, 2017

President Trump approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, and good for him, but will there be enough workers to build it? That’s a serious question. Many American employers, especially in construction and agriculture, are facing labor shortages that would be exacerbated by restrictionist immigration policies.

Demographic trends coupled with a skills mismatch have resulted in a frustrating economic paradox: Millions of workers are underemployed even as millions of jobs go unfilled. The U.S. workforce is also graying, presenting a challenge for industries that entail manual labor.

Construction is ground zero in the worker shortage. Many hard-hats who lost their jobs during the recession left the labor force. Some found high-paying work in fossil fuels during the fracking boom and then migrated to renewables when oil prices tumbled. While construction has rebounded, many employed in the industry a decade ago are no longer there.

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FARM JOURNAL’S MILK MAGAZINE: Fear Rampant Among Employees, Dairy Needs Immigration Reform
By Anna-Lisa Laca
March 28, 2017

Imagine one of your employees came to you and asked, “If my wife and I are deported, are you going to take care of my children?”

That actually happened to a dairy farmer in Idaho this month, and immigrant employees around the country are living with the same kind of angst and fear following the anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased ICE enforcement coming from Washington, D.C.

“On a scale of 1-10, how serious is the fear level? It’s at a 10,” says Bob Naerabout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. “Unlike construction jobs, cows have to be fed every day, so there is some economical fear but what we’re seeing is more of a moral fear.”

In part, that fear is being spurred by rumors of immigration raids among these communities, according to Juan Saldana, community research development specialist with the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

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EL NUEVO HERALD: Defensores de los indocumentados no entendieron el fenómeno Trump
Por Alfonso Chardy
Abril 2, 2017

Cuando Barack Obama, hijo de padre keniano, se convirtió en el primer presidente negro de Estados Unidos, y cuando el senador Marco Rubio, hijo de cubanos, ayudó a redactar el proyecto de ley bipartidista de la reforma de inmigración, los activistas que defienden los derechos de los inmigrantes estaban convencidos de que la legalización de millones de indocumentados era un hecho.

Pero estaban totalmente equivocados.

Ahora, un libro que sale a la venta esta semana muestra que la percepción de los activistas fue una ilusión porque no se dieron cuenta del panorama más amplio de electores enfurecidos que eligieron a Donald Trump como presidente, en gran medida por sus promesas de deportar a millones de indocumentados.

Ali Noorani, autor del libro y jefe del grupo National Immigration Forum (NIF), con sede en Washington, estará en el sur de la Florida a mediados de abril y promoverá su libro durante un evento el 13 de abril a las 7:30 p.m. en la librería Books & Books, en 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables.

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