The Week Ahead: Jan. 23-27

Communications Associate

January 23, 2017


“As a pastor in this neighborhood, one of the things that I see is that Dreamers … are some of the greatest assets that we have in the community. … These young adults and these kids are valuable, they’re made in the image of God, and they’re committed to making our nation and our community stronger, and we need, as a nation, to do everything we can to help them thrive and to give them the opportunity to help our communities thrive.”

— John-Mark Hart, Pastor of Christ Community Church, Oklahoma City, Jan. 23


Congress and New Presidential Administration Expected to Address Interior Enforcement, Border Security

With the inauguration of President Donald Trump and the confirmation of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the new administration and Congress are expected to address E-Verify, refugee vetting measures, a border wall and so-called sanctuary cities during Trump’s early days in office.

If proposals on so-called sanctuary cities are similar to previous proposed legislation, they likely would use an overly broad definition of “sanctuary jurisdiction.” If so, jurisdictions that maintain policies that strengthen community safety and policing or those that do not comply with immigration detainer requests or release notifications from DHS could lose federal grants. State and local law enforcement have expressed concerns about attempts to inflict “one-size-fits-all” policies and requiring them to do the job of federal enforcement.

Proposals to implement mandatory E-Verify without reforming immigration more broadly with a process for earned legalized status could be problematic for American businesses. Mandatory E-Verify would impose additional burdens on small businesses, inhibiting growth. Without visa systems in place to meet our country’s legal immigration needs, business and agriculture leaders argue that E-Verify on its own would be an ineffective approach.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (California): Immigration clinics scheduled for Inauguration Day to deliver message of support
By Deepa Bharath
Jan. 19, 2017

Two Christian organizations in Orange County are hosting free immigration clinics Friday, as Donald Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.

Representatives for Catholic Charities Orange County and World Relief Garden Grove say they are deliberately holding these Inauguration Day clinics to send a message to Orange County’s immigrant communities that they will receive the help, support and resources they need to continue to live and work in the United States.

The level of fear and concern in the immigrant community before and after Trump’s election has been palpable, said Deana Gullo, immigration services program director for Catholic Charities Orange County.

“We want to let people know that despite all the negative discussion around immigrants that may continue, we are here to serve our immigrant community in a dignified and respectful way,” she said. “This is our counter-message.”

Catholic Charities has received state funding to process citizenship applications and provide other immigration-related services, Gullo said.

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STANDARD-EXAMINER (Utah): UNDOCUMENTED: Law enforcement serves all regardless of immigration status
By Leia Larsen
Jan. 18, 2017

OGDEN — If anyone knows about walking the fine line between enforcing the law and gaining the trust of the immigrant community, it’s Diana Lopez.

She’s the community outreach coordinator for the Ogden Police Department, but she first came to the United States as an undocumented migrant from Mexico.

She was the first person in her family to attend middle school. She became a U.S. citizen just before her 18th birthday and her first year at Weber State University. Just a few years ago, she received a master’s in business administration.

“I like to share that story. I think it brings a different side and puts a face on what we talk about with people who are undocumented,” she said. “I’d like to hope I’m a positive influence.”

For her job, Lopez is constantly out among the immigrant community. She visits churches, nonprofits and schools. She isn’t a police officer, and she doesn’t wear a uniform.

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TALKING POINTS MEMO: How Far Will He Go? The 5 Biggest Questions About Trump’s Immigration Plan
By Lauren Fox
Jan. 18, 2017

Deporting millions of undocumented immigrants and building a wall with Mexico were paramount to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign so as the inauguration looms, the immigrant community is on edge as millions await their fates.

Over the weekend, activists gathered across the country from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to speak out against the restrictionist immigration policies Trump pushed on the campaign trail, but advocates who spoke with TPM this week said they remain in the dark about what Trump and his team plan to do in the upcoming months.

“The transition team has been remarkably closed lips about what their plans are,” said Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “I think whether it is from the President-elect or the transition team, the details have been few and far between. My experience with the Obama team is they didn’t make any decisions with us in the room, but they were definitely entertaining a host of perspectives.”

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