The Week Ahead: Nov. 27-Dec. 1
November 27, 2017
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“We hope that you will work quickly to pass legislation that provides DREAMers with a path to earn legal status in the United States and continue to contribute to this nation. The expiration of the DACA program is fast approaching and the time has come to finally put this issue behind us once and for all.”
—34 conservative leaders in a letter to members of Congress, Nov. 27
Trump to Meet with Congressional Leaders on End-of-Year Priorities
President Trump plans to meet with congressional leaders Tuesday to discuss end-of-year legislative issues, including a government spending bill and the fate of Dreamers, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), are expected to meet with Trump to address the most pressing issues facing Congress before the end of 2017.
A group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Washington), has called for a more permanent legislative solution for so-called “Dreamers.” And two dozen House Democrats have said they won’t support a spending bill unless it includes protections for DACA beneficiaries, a much greater number of whom will lose DACA protections after March 5.
Congress must agree on a spending bill by Dec. 8, when the current funding expires, in order to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the year.
Evangelical, Other Leaders to Advocate for Dreamers with Members of Congress
Individuals from about 15 states, including pastors and Dreamers, will participate in meetings on Capitol Hill this week and next to push for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, including DACA recipients, by the end of the year.
Participants will meet with Republican congressional offices in Texas, Alabama, South Carolina and elsewhere to advocate for the value of Dreamers to their communities and stress the importance of passing legislation to protect Dreamers before the end of 2017.
Military veterans participated in a similar fly-in Nov. 7, coinciding with the release of a new report on new Americans who serve or served in our military.
The ongoing support for Dreamers coincides with the release of a video telling the story of a Mormon undocumented immigrant from Utah, who will participate in one of the fly-ins and will be in danger of deportation if protections are not extended for DACA recipients.
The video features Bernardo Castro, who came to the United States at age 4 and learned he was undocumented at age 16. Castro lives in Provo, where he works and is finishing his degree at Brigham Young University.
Most recent summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT (Wenski Op-Ed): Give thanks for our freedoms — and share them with all
By Thomas Wenski
Nov. 22, 2017
Children learn in school the story of that first Thanksgiving organized by those Pilgrims from England at Plymouth Colony way back in 1621. But, for those who know, the very first Thanksgiving Day took place near St. Augustine, Florida — not in 1621 but in 1565 – on Sept. 8, when the Spanish explorer, Pedro Menendez de Avila, and his companions attended Mass followed by a meal with the natives.
According to historian Michael Gannon, that Thanksgiving Mass and meal was the first communal act of religion and thanksgiving in the first permanent European settlement in North America. And it happened years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock!
CHRISTIAN POST (Dong Op-Ed): Dreamers Are Thankful
By Liz Dong
Nov. 22, 2017
With the recent cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, these are especially difficult times for nearly 800,000 DACA recipients (also known as Dreamers), immigrants brought into the country as children and who are without legal status, and continuously so for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in the U.S. Beginning next March, unless Congress intervenes, approximately 30,000 DACA-recipients per month will lose their work permits and be made eligible for deportation, even though they generally had no say in coming into the country and have often only known America as home.
I am a DACA-recipient. Yet despite great uncertainties ahead, I recognize that I have many reasons to be thankful this season—the most important being that I came to know Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord as an immigrant, an undocumented immigrant. Yes, I’m a product of the church welcoming the stranger.
NEW YORK TIMES: ‘Please, God, Don’t Let Me Get Stopped’: Around Atlanta, No Sanctuary for Immigrants
By Vivian Yee
Nov. 25, 2017
CHAMBLEE, Ga. — Not many notice when the SUVs arrive.
Around 5 a.m., when the immigration agents pull into the parking lot of the Chamblee Heights apartments, 16 miles from downtown Atlanta, only one person is on the lookout.
Cristina Monteros catches sight of the cars with the telltale tinted windows from her small apartment near the front, where she runs a day care, and calls her downstairs neighbor: ICE is here.
The neighbor dials another, who passes it on. It takes less than 15 minutes for everyone in the complex to hear about “la migra,” whereupon they shut their doors and hold their breath. Some show up late to work, and others skip it altogether. The school bus might leave some children behind.
“It’s just us helping each other out,” said Ms. Monteros, 35. “There’s fear every day.”