The Week Ahead: Oct. 24-28

Assistant Director of Communications

October 24, 2016



“Immigration is an acute national security issue, and Congress should act immediately to both secure the border and create a way for those living here illegally to get right with the law.”

  • Rob Jesmer, campaign manager, Oct. 20



Beyond Politics: Bibles, Badges and Business Sets Stage for Action on Immigration
No matter who wins House and Senate seats and the presidency on Nov. 8, faith, law enforcement business and other leaders are setting the immigration agenda for Nov. 9 and beyond.

Since January, the Forum’s Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network has organized more than 230 events in 28 states, spanning 124 congressional districts. Events have ranged from a Quad Cities panel discussion the week before the Iowa caucuses to a Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force border tour last week.

Participants have made clear that come Nov. 9, a new administration and new Congress need to embrace an immigration process that ensures our security and boosts American workers by updating out-of-date laws and providing better opportunities for immigrants to help our nation reach its fullest potential.

To that end, the Forum continues to flesh out its Immigration 2020 Agenda with papers on immigration reform, naturalization and, last week, English language learning. Forthcoming topics include skills and workforce development and how to broaden opportunities for immigrants to contribute fully.

Houston Panel Discussion to Focus on Positive Impact of Immigrants
Local and national faith, law enforcement, veterans and business leaders will speak on immigrants and immigration Wednesday at the Houston Immigration Symposium.

Leaders will discuss the importance of practical, long-lasting immigration reform solutions from each of their perspectives. Those interested in attending may register and find more information at

The symposium, hosted by the National Immigration Forum, will be held at the Asia Society Texas Center.


Our summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration is posting every other week during Congress’ recess. The latest:


NEW YORK TIMES (Mbue Op-ed): How to Vote as an Immigrant and a Citizen
By Imbolo Mbue
Oct. 20, 2016

“Are you a citizen?” the woman standing in front of my apartment building in Manhattan asked me this summer. She had a clipboard with a sign-up sheet in one hand, which she extended to me as I walked toward her. “I’m looking for registered voters who would like to sign a petition to ——” I took the clipboard before she was done explaining. “Are you an American?” she asked again. Smiling, I unhooked a pen as I told her, “Yes, I’m an American.”

It’s unlikely the woman understood my eagerness to sign that petition, whose purpose I now barely remember. After living in America for over a decade, I could finally sign such a legislative document, thanks to my recent naturalization. It was the first time I got to have a say in America’s future. In that moment, I was no longer a Cameroonian immigrant only — I was an immigrant and a citizen. This country, which used to be other people’s country, was now my country, too.

On Nov. 8, when I cast the first vote of my life, it will be in this adopted country of mine. I’ll be a citizen and an immigrant voting in an anti-immigrant age when, around the world, citizens and immigrants are clashing over who belongs where.

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Imbolo Mbue is the author of the novel “Behold the Dreamers.”

NBC NEWS: Will Immigration Get Its Due in Final Clinton-Trump Debate?
By Suzanne Gamboa
Oct. 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet one last time Wednesday to debate in Nevada, where it’s difficult to ignore the issue that has loomed over the election but has yet to be truly hashed out in the candidates’ two previous meetings: immigration.

From the start, Trump made building a wall on the border and making Mexico pay for it — saying Mexico was sending “rapists” and criminals —a linchpin of his campaign.

It served to boost his right wing base, but also was one of the initial breaking points between him and more moderate Republicans, most notably GOP Hispanics.

Several of the Republican Hispanics who tried to steer Trump to a “gentler” immigration position, only to be disappointed, were deliberating in Las Vegas Wednesday hours before the candidates were to meet to discuss how they can “rebuild” the GOP so that it includes them and their support for an immigration reform.

“We’re going to lead after the election. We’re not going to wait around on any group — we’re going to show the party how it’s done,” said Artemio Muniz, a business owner and chairman of the Texas Federation of Republican Hispanics. “We’re going to go straight to the donors.”

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