The Week Ahead: March 7-10

Communications Associate

March 7, 2017


“If we were forced to do immigration, we would never get to the calls for service that we truly need to do to represent and to serve the citizens here in Salt Lake City. We would just never get to it. I would hate to think that you would have people hiding in their basement when they called 911 and for somebody to get on the phone and say, ‘I’m sorry; we’re all doing immigration enforcement. We’ll be there when we can.’ ”

— Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, Feb. 28


Trump Signs Revised Refugee- and Travel-Ban Executive Order

A new executive order to take effect March 16 will prohibit travel from six Muslim-majority countries and freeze the refugee resettlement program.

President Trump, signing a revised version of the initial order that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Feb. 9, ordered the suspension of entry for citizens and nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 90 days from the effective date. Unlike the previous order, this ban does not include people from Iraq. Nor does the new order apply to lawful permanent residents, dual nationals with passports issued by countries that are not banned, anyone with a current valid visa to travel to the U.S., individuals with diplomatic visas, and those granted asylum or refugee status in the U.S. before March 16.

The order also suspends the entire refugee admission program for 120 days and limits refugee admissions to 50,000 for fiscal year 2017. Refugees whom the State Department has already scheduled for travel are not expected to be affected by the order.

A country ban does not strengthen national security; rather, strengthening internal processes, continuing to gather good intelligence and having accurate information are effective ways to do so.

Business leaders around the country are responding and discussing ways that refugees and other immigrants benefit the American workforce. National security leaders and veterans also have expressed concerns with these freezes on refugees and certain visitors, arguing that they in fact do not enhance our security.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL (Koval Op-Ed): Immigration enforcement must be consistent with community policing
By Michael C. Koval
March 7, 2017

Done the wrong way, federal immigration enforcement can undermine public safety.

At the Madison Police Department, we recognize our responsibility to work closely with all of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners. We have worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and our regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices to establish a strong partnership with clear enforcement priorities.

Those priorities should comprise apprehending people who commit serious crimes and endanger our local community, no matter their immigration status.

But to ensure public safety, our priorities should not include immigration status checks. All members of our community must have confidence in our police force, trust that the police will protect and defend them, and feel confident that they are not putting themselves in jeopardy by coming forward to report crimes and to cooperate with investigations.

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ARIZONA DAILY STAR (Magnus Op-Ed): TPD Chief Magnus: Immigration status no barrier in protecting Tucsonans
By Chris Magnus
February 28, 2017

The Tucson Police Department has been put in a challenging position as we work to maintain strong relationships with both documented and undocumented residents in our immigrant/refugee communities.

Tucson has long been an “immigrant-welcoming city.” We take pride in the ways our residents work together to make Tucson safe, culturally diverse and economically vibrant.

I am saddened by the fear that many residents are experiencing as a result of recent presidential executive orders and concerned about much of the rhetoric associated with the current debate over immigration and refugee policy. From organizations to individuals, the anxiety is palpable.

Therefore, I would like to assure all those who live, work, or visit Tucson that our department’s policies related to immigration remain exactly the same.

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THE HILL: Bush: I support immigration policy ‘that’s welcoming and that upholds the law’
By Rebecca Savransky
February 27, 2017

Former President George W. Bush said Monday he is in favor of an immigration policy that is “welcoming” and follows the law.

Bush made the remarks during an interview that aired Monday on NBC’s “Today” show.

The former president, who pressed Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform while he was in office, was asked about whether he was in support of or against President Trump’s order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Bush didn’t give a direct answer, though his words suggested he is not entirely in line with the Trump policy.

“I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and that upholds the law,” Bush said.

Bush also offered comments about the importance of accepting all religions, remarks that echoed his comments after the September 11, 2001 attacks that the United States was not at war with Islam.

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