Do Americans really want to deport 11 million people? Not according to the latest CNN/ORCA poll, which says Americans break with Trump on immigration policy (CNN, 3/17/17)
“All told, 60% say the government’s top priority in dealing with illegal immigration should be developing a plan to allow those in the US illegally who have jobs to become legal residents.
“In contrast, 26% say developing a plan to stop illegal border crossings should be the top priority and 13% say deportation of those in the US illegally should be the first priority.
“The number who prioritize legal status for those working in the US illegally is up from 51% who said so last fall.”
Other news stories from the weekend, posted below, include: money for building the wall, an update on the travel/refugee ban legal action, Minnesota news, the latest anti-immigrant attacks, and international migration news.
Building the wall
Customs And Border Protection Outlines Border Wall Requirements (NPR, 3/18/17)
Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border (Washington Post, 3/18/17
Under pressure, Mexican-owned Cemex says it won’t help build Trump’s border wall (Los Angeles Times, 3/16/17)
“The company has been viewed as a potential beneficiary as the U.S. presses forward with plans to build a barrier along 1,600 miles of unfenced terrain on the southern border. But Cemex has come under intense pressure at home to boycott the multibillion-dollar project, which Trump hopes will slow illegal immigration from Mexico.”
Travel/refugee ban updates
Trump administration files notice it will appeal ruling against second version of travel ban (Washington Post, 2/17/17)
US asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban (AP via MPR, 3/19/17) and The Latest: Judge rejects request to clarify travel order (AP via Star Tribune, 3/19/17)
Well, that didn’t take long – the Justice Department asked for a clarification, and Judge Derrick Watson replied that there’s nothing unclear about his order.
In Minnesota news
Immigration lawyer works to allay fears, keep advice realistic (Pioneer Press, 3/17/17)
A California waiter refused to serve 4 Latina customers until he saw ‘proof of residency’ (Washington Post, 3/19/17)
Trump Scapegoats Immigrants with Creation of Office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (American Immigration Council, 3/14/17)
“… the emphasis on victims of immigrant crimes is problematic. It only serves to scapegoat and demonize immigrants even though the data clearly shows that immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, are less likely than native-born Americans to commit crimes.”
The Denationalization of American Muslims (The Atlantic, 3/19/17) After years in which even conservatives rejected the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Frank Gaffney, he is now praised by the White House.
“Gaffney’s theories represent an effort to “denationalize” American Muslims—to strip them of their national identity and legal protections—with chilling precedents in American and European history. And although these theories have opponents, as well as supporters, in the Trump administration, they are already changing the relationship between American Muslims and their government in frightening ways.”
Philadelphia’s Cinco de Mayo festival is canceled amid fears of an ICE raid (Washington Post, 3/19/17)
Indian families in Minnesota on edge after attacks (Star Tribune, 3/18/17)
International migration news
Attack on migrant boat off Yemen coast ‘kills 31’ (BBC, 3/17/17)
31 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast (The Guardian, 3/17/17)
Hungary to put migrants in converted shipping containers (BBC, 3/17/17)