The Week Ahead: Jan. 8-12

Communications Assistant

January 8, 2018


“We [are] all dreamers… call Congress [and] demand they pass #DreamAct”

      —Snoop Dogg, Jan. 6


Trump Administration Terminates TPS for El Salvador

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it is ending protections for the more than 260,000 Salvadorans currently living and working in the United States, more than half of whom have resided in the U.S. for 20 years or more.

While the termination suggests that conditions have improved enough to justify sending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries back to El Salvador, the State Department currently has a Travel Warning in effect for the Central American nation, pointing to widespread gang violence and one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

The termination will take effect on Sept. 9, 2019, giving current beneficiaries 18 months to arrange for departure or seek alternative immigration status if Congress does not pass a legislative solution for current TPS holders to continue contributing to local communities and economies more permanently.

Bipartisan Meetings on Immigration Continue

A bipartisan group of senators will meet with the White House tomorrow to discuss a deal on Dreamers, the latest in a string of recent negotiations between lawmakers and the president on pressing immigration legislation.

In a meeting with Republican congressional leadership last week, the president repeated demands for funding a border wall, severely curtailing family-based immigration and ending the diversity visa, raising concerns that a solution for Dreamers will only move forward if coupled with reductions in legal immigration that would not benefit American workers.

With a Jan. 19 spending deadline looming, Congress is under increasing pressure to reach a deal that satisfies demands for both Dreamer protection and enhanced security.

Christian Dreamers to Urge Action in Washington

Members of the grassroots Voices of Christian Dreamers movement will meet with congressional offices this week to urge Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.

The group, which describes itself as “committed to changing the conversation about undocumented immigrants in the Church and beyond,” will be sharing their personal immigration stories and urging Congress to pass legislation protecting Dreamers in time for a system to be implemented before the March 5 deadline.

Participants are available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Cathleen Farrell.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


USA TODAY (Noorani Op-Ed): On immigration, Trump is positioned to do what Obama and Bush couldn’t
By Ali Noorani
Jan. 2, 2018

History rewards leaders who surprise us.
It took a southerner from Texas to pass the Civil Rights Act, a staunch anti-communist to go to China, and the first Democratic president in many years to reform welfare. When it comes to an issue as vexing and sensitive as immigration, we don’t know whether the hard-liner from New York is gearing up to embrace a bipartisan deal.
Based on President Trump’s first year in office — imposing travel bans, ratcheting up deportations, ending Temporary Protected Status for tens of thousands — it would seem we have a pretty good idea. However, the facts on the ground have changed dramatically since his inauguration. Net migration with Mexico has plummeted, tourism from abroad is down, and international applications to U.S. colleges fell a staggering 40% for the fall 2017 semester. These trends reflect outcomes from yesterday’s immigration battles.

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DESERET NEWS: Why ‘Dreamers’ hope help for them won’t hurt other immigrants
By Kelsey Dallas
Jan. 4, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — Bernardo Castro had a busy December. There were finals to take at Brigham Young University and shifts to work at Verizon Wireless. There was a home purchase to close and his sister’s birthday to celebrate.
There were prayers to say, too, for health, for safety and for his family’s American dream. Castro was brought to Utah illegally 22 years ago last month, and, unless Congress takes action on immigration soon, his time here is running out.
That’s why Castro, 26, squeezed a trip to Washington, D.C., and meetings with lawmakers and press calls into his already jam-packed schedule. He shared his past, his plans and his faith.
“I want people to know what’s at stake,” he said.

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Keep grandma’s helper on the job: How revoking DACA could harm senior citizens
By Susan Bornstein
Jan. 1, 2018

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order put in place by President Obama — which protects undocumented young people brought here as children — officially ends on March 5. President Trump, who once said he badly wanted Congress to reup the protections, is now attaching a host of other policy conditions to their renewal.
The fate of thousands of New York Dreamers hangs in the balance — but so too does the well-being of the many frail, medically vulnerable and elderly for whom they care. Grandma’s caregiver is probably an immigrant; she may well be a Dreamer.
One in five Dreamers works in education or medical fields, many of which provide services in hospitals and the community including hospices. In New York, more than two-thirds of the estimated 300,000 home health aides were born outside the U.S. Nationwide, of nearly 900,000 direct care workers, almost a quarter are immigrants and, 44% are non-citizens.

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