The Week Ahead: July 24-28

Communications Associate

July 24, 2017


“Why should we support [the DREAM Act]? Because it is the right thing to do. Because, as a follower of Christ, I am compelled to walk beside those in need. Because, if I were in their shoes, I would hope someone would advocate on my behalf when I couldn’t. This is also a practical and cost-effective plan.”

— Lisa Rose, Director of Compassion Ministries, Montgomery Baptist Association, July 21 


House to Vote on Wall Funding

This week the House of Representatives is expected to vote on appropriations bills related to national security, through a “minibus” (a partial omnibus spending bill) rather than a standalone vote.

House leaders are expected to include $1.6 billion in funding for a border wall in the spending bills.

This vote will follow tragedies near the border over the weekend that a wall would have done nothing to prevent.

As a result of a human trafficking incident, ten people found in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio have died, and dozens of others are in extremely critical or serious condition because of dehydration, heatstroke and other effects of prolonged exposure to stifling heat. The driver faces federal charges.

Effective border enforcement is not dependent on a wall, and a wall would not improve our safety and security. Rather, investing resources at ports of entry and replacing our broken immigration system through legislative reform would provide effective, intelligent solutions for targeting smugglers and cartels.

Los Angeles Lecture Series Event to Focus on Immigration and Identity

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will join a conversation Thursday with journalist and author Pilar Marrero on the challenges of American immigration as part of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD Lecture Series.

Noorani also will discuss his book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017), and how immigration is affecting the changing nature of American identity.

The discussion is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library in Los Angeles.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


UNIVISION (Rodriguez Op-Ed): Congress, We Are Not Giving You a Pass: Protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Now
By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
July 19, 2017

Following a closed-door meeting last Wednesday between the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and DHS Secretary John Kelly, it’s apparent that the future of DACA is in serious jeopardy because of congressional gridlock.

Established by executive order in 2012 by President Obama—and continued until now by President Trump—DACA prevents deportation for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents.

Secretary Kelly’s comments come after officials from Texas—and 10 other states—warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions that they will sue the federal government if DACA is not rescinded by Sept. 5 of this year. As DHS spokesman David Lapan said to reporters, “This is what [Sec. Kelly] is being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive.”

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LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR: 20 state senators appeal to attorney general for DACA Nebraskans
By JoAnne Young
July 18, 2017

Twenty of 49 state senators co-signed a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Doug Peterson, asking him to rescind his support of a lawsuit aimed at ending the support of immigrant youths who are in the country illegally.

Sen. Tony Vargas of Omaha and 19 others told Peterson they were profoundly disappointed he had joined a June 29 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking President Donald Trump to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Last month, the Trump administration left the program in place, which shields the youth from deportation.

Vargas said he felt there was a need for senators to weigh in and reiterate a long history of the Legislature supporting the DACA youth with laws to ensure they can stay and continue to contribute to the state, allowing them driver’s licenses and professional certification.

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THE NEW YORKER: A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out
By Jonathan Blitzer
July 24, 2017

In March, two months after President Trump took office, I received a text message from a veteran agent at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice). I had been trying to find field agents willing to describe what life was like at the agency in the Trump era. This agent agreed to talk. Over the past four months, we have texted often and spoken on the phone several times. Some of our discussions have been about the specifics of new federal policies aimed at dramatically increasing the number of deportations. At other times, we’ve talked more broadly about how the culture at ice has shifted. In April, the agent texted me a screen shot of a page from the minutes of a recent meeting, during which a superior had said that it was “the most exciting time to be part of ice” in the agency’s history. The photo was sent without commentary—the agent just wanted someone on the outside to see it.

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