The Week Ahead: Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Communications Associate

August 29, 2016


“Service to our military has always been an important path to citizenship. Immigrant veterans are among the hardest-working members of our military. We should be open to increasing opportunities for new Americans to serve. From a recruitment and manpower perspective, we need a larger and motivated group of people to relieve our strained military personnel.”

– Ray Flores, Executive Director, San Diego Veterans Coalition, Aug. 24


Trump to Speak on Immigration and Foreign Policy in Arizona

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s focus on immigration is slated to carry over to this week with a speech in Arizona Wednesday on immigration as well as foreign policy.

Without substantive, written policies, ambiguity remains around Trump’s recent immigration proposals. The substance of Wednesday’s speech remains unknown.

The campaign is holding the rally on the heels of primary elections in Arizona and Florida on Tuesday, and as metropolitan Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has participated in Trump’s Arizona previous rallies, is days away from facing criminal contempt charges.

Border Pilgrimage to Conclude in Los Angeles

More than 100 faith and community leaders will finish their 11-day journey from the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

The walk, “El Camino del Inmigrante,” organized by the Christian Community Development Association, unites leaders from across the country to advocate for immigration reform and to speak in support of immigrants in their communities.

Each night of “El Camino del Inmigrante” has featured panel discussions and rallies that have engaged communities in cities across southern California.


Our summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration is posting every other week during Congress’ summer recess. The latest:


WASHINGTON POST (Rubin Column): Anti-immigration crowd should spare us the outrage

By Jennifer Rubin

August 26, 2016

Donald Trump’s contortions over what was once his signature issue — mass deportation — is cause for grief among anti-immigration reform advocates. Rather than rant about Trump’s “betrayal” and moan that no politician can be trusted on this issue, they would do well to look in the mirror, where responsibility for this debacle originated.

It has been a great irony of this circus-like campaign that the guy who perched his campaign on unsustainable terrain on illegal immigration should be the one to realize that this is self-defeating nonsense. He now turns to the anti-reform pot stirrers to say, “I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject, and I’ve had very strong people come up to me, really great, great people come up to me, and they’ve said, ‘Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person who’s been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and their family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump,’ I have it all the time! It’s a very, very hard thing.” Despite the caterwauling from the right, this is not exactly a new thought.

Suddenly, Republicans discovered that deporting 11 million to 12 million people isn’t doable.

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THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Immigration-rights supporters pass through Costa Mesa during 132-mile trek

By Louis Casiano Jr.

August 26, 2016

COSTA MESA – As she walked 16 miles Friday, Bethany Anderson thought about a friend who lives life in the shadows as an undocumented immigrant.

Anderson, 30, a Fullerton resident, is walking part of the journey with her husband, two daughters (ages 3 and 1) and the Solidarity, a Fullerton ministry. She is among those walking to highlight what they say is a broken immigration system and the plight of those who make the arduous journey across the U.S.-Mexico border.

About 150 immigration-reform advocates crossed into the Border Field State Park, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico on Aug. 20 to embark on the El Camino del Inmigrante, or “The Path of the Immigrant,” a 132-mile, 11-day journey organized by the Christian Community Development Association and Bread for the World and World Relief.

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