Yesterday’s news included the health care circus in the Senate – and the communications director saying he wants to “kill leakers” — which was the least objectionable part of his rant. These headlines pushed immigration off the front pages today, but here’s the immigration news that did come through, including two Minnesota stories: one on the increase in citizenship applications and the other on CongressmanKeith Ellison’s questions for Sheriff Rich Stanek.
“In recent months, however, immigration assistance centers throughout Minnesota have seen a conspicuous spike in the enrollment in citizenship classes, which are filled by immigrants and refugees who recently became eligible for the naturalization process as well as those who have lived in the United States for decades….
“The main reason many people are filling up U.S. citizenship classes in the Twin Cities, say those who work with immigrants, is because many lawful permanent residents feel they might not be able to return to the country if they travel overseas.”
Ellison questions Stanek’s policies on immigrants (Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, 7/27/17)
“Minnesota Congressional Representative Keith Ellison is asking for answers from Stanek about exactly what is asked and whether prisoners are advised of their right not to talk to ICE or given access to an attorney before being questioned by ICE agents. Specifically, Ellison wants answers by close of business on Friday, July 28 for [eight] questions.”
House approves spending bill with funds for Trump’s border wall (The Hill, 7/27/17)
“The inclusion of funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, which fully meets Trump’s budget request, makes it likely that Senate Democrats will block the spending package when it moves to the upper chamber.
“But House passage serves as an opening salvo in the debate to avoid a government shutdown this fall, which will start in earnest when lawmakers return from the summer recess.”
Study says doing away with immigration program would harm economy (Catholic News Service, 7/27/17) The study focused on TPS – Temporary Protected Status.
“That’s because more than 80 percent of the approximately 325,000 immigrants in the country with the status known as TPS have jobs, many have mortgages, pay taxes and work in industries crucial to the economy, such as construction, child care and health care, and collectively have some 273,000 U.S.-born children, says a July report by the Center for Migration Studies in New York.?
“Fuentes, who presented himself on Facebook as an aspiring rap singer, died of “heat exposure and asphyxiation,” the Guatemalan government said.
“His Facebook page, which was tagged with condolence messages Tuesday, said that he graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax County in 2015.”
Undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses near milestone in California (Sacramento Bee, 7/26/17) With 905,000 issued by the end of June, California expects to hit one million by the end of 2017.
ICE arrests nearly 100 illegal NYC residents (New York Post, 7/27/17) The 11-day sweep ended on Saturday.
Opinion: Trump’s dangerous scapegoating of immigrants (Human Rights Watch, 7/27/17)
“Trump isn’t just condemning gang violence. His words are part of a larger rhetoric that scapegoats immigrants as outsiders responsible for violent crime and deep societal problems. In this, he mirrors a tactic popular with abusive governments all over the world: From Venezuela to Pakistan, Human Rights Watch has documented the devastating impact of scapegoating foreigners to justify inhumane policies.”
“In a statement, a spokesperson for USCIS tells Newsweek, “The name change simply reflects USCIS’s renewed emphasis on encouraging new immigrants to be part of our national family through shared political principles, a sense of community and common identity as Americans.”