Hurricanes have wreaked havoc on Texas and now on Florida. Immigrants were crucial in rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina, and will be needed in Texas and Florida, too. Documented and undocumented, immigrants make up a crucial part of the construction industry.
The hurricanes also make everything harder for immigrants who need to make applications or renew permits, including DACA permits. The October 5 deadline for DACA renewal applications will be tough to meet, even without the loss of money and papers in hurricanes. For more, see the DACA section below.
“As Harvey struck Houston, Esti Garza fled her home with a change of clothes, a Bible and her immigration paperwork.
“Days later, she brought several manila envelopes containing the documents to a Houston office where lawyers and immigrants sat in pairs around a long conference room table.”
“If the story of rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is any indication, undocumented immigrants will be a crucial part of Houston’s recovery.”
U.S. appeals court rejects Trump’s bid to bar most refugees (Reuters, 9/8/17)
“A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s effort to temporarily bar most refugees from entering the country, ruling that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt from an executive order banning refugees.
“A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel also ruled that grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal U.S. residents should be exempted from President Donald Trump’s order, which banned travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.”
The Ninth Circuit’s Latest Order and the Zombie Travel Ban (Take Care blog, 9/8/17) Great, in-depth legal analysis of the ruling, with history and background.
“The Farhio House was opened as a shelter to support the region’s East African and Muslim women fleeing abuse. Among other things, it provides short-term housing and transportation services. It also helps clients get connected to resources that are available at governmental institutions and nonprofit organizations.
“There are a lot of spaces and shelters in Minnesota that help women, but The Farhio House is unique,” Khalif said. “We look like our clients; we speak their languages; we know about their experiences and needs. All those things help them not only to come forward and seek help but also feel at home here at the shelter.”
“By showcasing the hustle of Muslim entrepreneurs, Amanullah said he can push back against a common narrative that associates the community with terrorism, he said.
“We want to highlight this group of people to the world as a group of people to be admired for their passion, ingenuity and innovation, and not as a group of people be feared because one or two of them do something stupid,” he said. “The narrative around Somali youth particularly in Minneapolis has been a travesty to the reality that I and Quintan know about the Somali young people that we’ve met.”
Opinion: Wanna Cut Crime? Let In More Immigrants (Newsweek, 9/9/17)
“Both legal and illegal immigrants are far less likely to commit violent crimes than native-born Americans. And making more immigrants illegal decreases their trust in police – destroying the ability of law enforcement to gather intelligence on real lawbreakers, thus destroying the successful policing policies responsible for the extraordinary fall in crime in America since the 1990s.”
Over 5 Million Families in America Are at Risk of Being Divided by Deportation (The Nation, 9/8/17) A new series of films, Divided by Deportation, highlights their plight.
Dolores – trailer for movie showing the life story of UFW organizer Dolores Huerta – rebel, activist, feminist, mother.. The movie is coming to the Landmark Theatres in Minneapolis September 29-October 5.
Rohingya crisis: UN aid call as ‘290,000 flee’ Myanmar (BBC, 9/9/17) Just a reminder that immigration crises are not limited to the United States. “Rohingya residents – a stateless, mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Myanmar” say the military are burning their villages.
Tony Blair defends call for EU immigration curbs (BBC, 9/10/17)
“The government has said free movement will end with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and a forthcoming immigration bill will set out its plans in detail.
“Last week, leaked draft plans suggested firms would have to recruit locally unless they could prove an “economic need” to employ EU citizens and ending the right to settle in the UK for most European migrants.”
DACA’s demise kick-starts intense push to help Minnesota’s Dreamers, shape new law (Star Tribune, 9/10/17)
“Members of the state’s congressional delegation geared up to tackle proposals that could open a path to citizenship for almost 800,000 recipients nationwide — the kind of immigration legislation that has bedeviled Congress for years. Supporters of the program, including recipients sometimes called Dreamers, arrived en masse in some Republicans’ offices to urge them to back such proposals….
“Meanwhile, volunteer attorneys rallied to help those among the state’s roughly 6,300 DACA recipients eligible to renew their status before an Oct. 5 deadline — and prepare those who don’t have that option. The state’s attorney general, Lori Swanson, mulled joining a lawsuit challenging the move to end DACA, an Obama program that granted two-year work permits to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children….
“Our pro bono attorneys love these young adults and love having a role in helping them,” said John Keller, the center’s executive director.”
The clock is ticking on DACA. Here’s how immigrants and advocates are fighting back. (Washington Post, 9/9/17)
“President Trump’s decision to wipe out deportation reprieves for young undocumented immigrants has unleashed a frenzied rush to renew 154,000 permits before an Oct. 5 deadline, a process advocacy groups say will cost millions of dollars in fees and stretch their resources to the limit….
“It fell on people like a bag of bricks . . . and it’s only starting to sink in,” said Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition of organizations providing legal services to immigrants. “It’s 5,133 [renewal applications] every day, including today. That’s 214 per hour, if we work all night long.”
How the Dreamers Learned to Play Politics (Politico, 9/9/17)
“Over the past decade, these young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have built an intensely organized political movement—speaking out, staging demonstrations, building alliances and hounding lawmakers to expand their legal foothold in the United States. Emerging from the undocumented underground, in 2012they wrested a victory from President Barack Obama, by protesting, lobbying and shaming him for his record of aggressive deportations until he used executive authority to create the DACA program, which now shields nearly 800,000 Dreamers from deportation. Since Trump’s election, Dreamers have been busy laying plans to rise up in resistance if he carried through on his campaign pledges to take the program away. Now their careful organization is paying off.”
Feds agree to admit deported Dreamer for legal case (Politico, 9/9/17) They’ll allow Juan Manuel Montes to return for deposition and trial of his federal lawsuit challenging his deportation.
Trump’s DACA Blundering Is Driving Congress Crazy (TPM, 9/8/17) After rescinding DACA on Tuesday, Trump reached out to Senate Democrats to offer help with the DREAM Act on Thursday – calling both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He also tweeted “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!”
If you think this all sounds crazy and not to be trusted, you are not alone.
“He’ll probably be calling Chuck Schumer names tomorrow,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who burst out laughing when TPM asked him if Democrats can depend on Trump as a partner on the DREAM Act….
“Asked if he knows where the president stands on DACA, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shot back: “No, do you?”
“Informed that Trump had reportedly promised Pelosi that he would sign the DREAM Act if it got to his desk, McCain dryly observed: “Glad to hear it. Let’s see what he says tomorrow.”
Here are the 11 State Officials Who Went After 800,000 Dreamers (The Intercept, 9/6/17) Texas AG Ken Paxton, who sued the Obama administration 22 times over issues ranging from clean air and water to overtime wages. Paxton is currently under indictment for securities fraud. Louisiana AG Jeff Landry, president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General; Alabama AG Steve Marshall, who has sued Birmingham mayor in an attempt to protect a Confederate monument; Nebraska AG Doug Peterson; Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge; South Carolina AG Alan Wilson; Idaho AG Lawrence G. Wasden; Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter; West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey, who plans to run against Joe Manchin for the Senate; and Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, a “proud birther.” Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery III dropped out of the lawsuit and urged his state’s Republican Senators to resolve Dreamer issues.
Watch What Trump Does, Not What He Says. He May Not Actually End DACA. (The Intercept, 9/5/17) Well, maybe – but the premise of the article is that Trump actually strategizes, which seems dubious to me.
“Either Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., fail to act — giving Trump an opening to quietly extend the program again while blaming a do-nothing Congress — or Congress will pass something, and the program gets a blessing from the legislature.”
As a Dreamer, I Will Not Be A Bargaining Chip for Trump’s Attack on Immigrants (Moyers & Company, 9/7/17) Lisette Diaz challenges the narrative of “good” versus “bad” immigrants.
“DACA set up a narrative of good versus bad immigrant; it creates the categories of those who are deserving and undeserving by criminalizing our parents, who did us a great service by bringing us to this country. We should not have to hide behind the rhetoric that “we were brought here through no fault of our own.” It felt like it forced a choice between our parents, who brought us to this country with nothing but hope of a better life for us, and our own futures.
“Of course, we will fight and resist the end of DACA, but we must also prepare ourselves for the bigger battles ahead.”
With DACA Gone, Black Immigrants Find Themselves in the Cross Hairs (The Nation, 9/7/17)
“The precarity of having undocumented status for this community is compounded by the realities of having black skin in America. “The first thing people see is that I’m black,” Sumbwe said. “There’s already that negativity,” but also, “the deeper aspect is you don’t even have documentation.” Jonathan Green, co-founder of the UndocuBlack Network, a group that brings together black undocumented immigrants, echoed Sumbwe. “The same ills that are a result of white-supremacist policies that impact black Americans are impacting us,” he said. This community is at an economic disadvantage: “African immigrants are among the most educated but have the highest unemployment rate,” he said. But that’s not all—black undocumented immigrants share the fear for their physical safety that many black citizens have: “Yes I’m worried about being deported, but I’m also a young person living in Baltimore. It doesn’t always matter that I’m an immigrant. I’m still faced with consequences of being black.”
“It’s something that’s not a Catholic issue or a Lutheran issue or a Presbyterian issue. It’s something that men and women of good will really feel strongly about in our community,” Hebda said. “Today I join the others here in calling for Congress to come together and protect the Dreamers from deportation and secure their future.”