The Week Ahead: Oct. 10-13

Communications Associate

October 10, 2017


“I’m very optimistic that this is the time to get things done. I don’t care about the political party that gets the credit for it. The time is now.”

— Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Oct. 5 


Congress Must Chart the Way Forward after White House Releases Principles

The White House released a set of principles Sunday to guide immigration legislation, including provisions the administration wants included in any proposals to protect Dreamers.

The principles include reducing legal immigration, limiting asylum eligibility, providing U.S.-Mexico border wall funding and removing protections for unaccompanied migrant children, among others.

Now that White House has laid out its wish list, it is up to Congress to decide how they want to craft a path forward that would value immigrants and is in the best interest of American workers.

Texas Speaker Series Event to Focus on Culture and Immigration

The first installment of the International Bank of Commerce 2017-2018 Keynote Speaker Series, Wednesday at Texas A&M International University, will focus on what drives America’s ongoing immigration debate.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, will join a conversation about how communities across the country are confronting the changing nature of American identity and discuss his book, “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration” (Prometheus Books, April 2017).

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. Spanish-language translation will be available.


Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


WFAE (North Carolina): Tillis Touts GOP ‘Dreamers’ Bill At National Immigration Forum
By Nick De La Canal
Oct. 5, 2017

Republican Sen. Thom Tillis spoke candidly before the National Immigration Forum on Thursday, touting his proposal to offer a potential 15-year path to citizenship to so-called “Dreamers,” all while shrugging off criticism of the bill from conservative hard-liners.

“This will probably drive my press guy crazy,” Tillis said, “But … when I die, I’m going to be cremated. On my cremation urn or a little plaque next to it, I want to have two or three things — husband, father, grandfather, RINO.”

The remark drew laughter and applause from the audience. “RINO” is a term used in some conservative circles to deride moderate Republican lawmakers who supposedly are “Republican In Name Only.”

“To the far-right people who call me a RINO for supporting this bill, I say I am a RINO,” Tillis went on to say, “But I’ve got a different definition of what a RINO is — I’m a Republican In Need of Outcomes.”

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BAPTIST PRESS: Evangelical leaders call for help for Dreamers
By Tom Strode
Oct. 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (BP) — A coalition of evangelical leaders organized by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has urged Congress to supply a remedy for undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to the United States.

In a statement released today (Oct. 5), the 51 signers called for a legislative solution for the approximately 800,000 people affected by the Trump administration’s Sept. 5 announcement it would end a program that gave them relief from deportation. Today’s statement comes on the final day undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children will be able to apply for deportation deferral.

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THE HILL (Noorani Op-Ed): Immigration reform is still possible and conservatives can lead the way
By Ali Noorani
Oct. 5, 2017

October 5th is a critical deadline for nearly 150,000 young people living in the United States: it’s the last day that Dreamers, whose legal status is set to expire in early March, can renew their enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In cities and towns across the country, millions of family members and friends are anxiously standing by as their loved ones scramble to submit paperwork on time.

For the 740,000 young people who received temporary protection from deportation through DACA, March 5, 2018, the day President Trump will end the program, looms large in their lives.

As important as DACA has been to these young people and their families, for the rest of us it has opened hearts and changed minds. Americans now realize their child’s best friend is undocumented, the family one pew over in church is undocumented or the family down the street is undocumented.

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