As thousands of DACA and DREAM Act supporters rallied in Washington, and staged walkouts and demands for action across the country, some Republican members of Congress added their voices to the call to pass the DREAM Act.
NBC reported that 15 Republican House members, led by Rep. Dan Newhouse, held a press conference to call for quick action on a DREAM Act:
“Every day that Congress fails to act, every time that Congress kicks this can down the road, people — real people — are hurt,” Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “No bill is going to be perfect, but inaction is just unacceptable.”
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA); Don Bacon (R-NE), Joe Barton (R-TX), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), John Faso (R-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Peter King (R-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), who was not present at the news conference because of a committee hearing, joined in the statement.
Editorial: Tell Congress to stop stalling on DACA, pass the Dream Act (Arizona Republic, 11/7/17)
“Immigration brings out bare-knuckle politics. OK. But the ruthlessness directed at “dreamers” should make even the most partisan politician blush.
“These kids are American-raised, American-educated and American in every way but one.
They broke no immigration laws; they were brought here by their parents.
“They are human beings. Not bargaining chips.
“And they need help. Now.
“It’s a simple fix, if Congress will do it.”
For Black DACA Recipients in Texas, It Often Feels ‘Impossible to Exist’ (Texas Standard, 11/7/17)
“Shusi is a chemical engineering major with a concentration in textiles at UT-Austin. She says she wants to one day create wearable technology to improve everyday life, like clothing to repel mosquitoes in malarial zones.
“She’s set to graduate in December and she’s looking for a job, but she has one pressing issue while talking to recruiters….
“Shusi needs sponsorship in order to work in the U.S. after she graduates. She’s one of fewer than 2 percent of black immigrants receiving DACA protections. …Shusi’s DACA status is set to expire in September 2018, but she can’t renew it.”
And in other news
“Omar Siagha has been in the US for 52 years. He’s a legal permanent resident with three children. He’d never been to prison, he says, before he was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention — faced with the loss of his green card for a misdemeanor.”
Immigrants have no right to a lawyer in immigration proceedings. That means someone like Omar has a right to a lawyer if he is accused of a misdemeanor for which he could serve a maximum of 30 days in jail – but no right to a lawyer in immigration court, which could throw him out of the country and say he can never return. New York started funding lawyers for immigrants in immigration courts.
“With guaranteed legal representation, up to 12 times as many immigrants have been able to win their cases: either able to get legal relief from deportation or at least able to persuade ICE to drop the attempt to deport them this time.”
Dane County Part Of Nationwide Network Helping Immigrants Facing Deportation (Wisconsin Public Radio,11/9/17)
“Immigration lawyers in Dane County are part of a national network that will get expertise and funding from the Vera Institute of Justice to help those facing deportation.
“The county is one of 11 communities around the United States getting help from the national justice group to provide attorneys for immigrants facing deportation.”
Local organizations are fighting for refugees (Star Tribune, 11/7/17)
“Garnett McKenzie suggests volunteering as a first step. ‘Through volunteering you are getting to know refugees,” she said. ‘You get to know why you are giving.’
“You might volunteer to mentor a newly arrived family, or help with driving to medical appointments. IIMN volunteers sometimes make lunch for young immigrant students. It’s a chance for new Americans to get to know local folks, Graupman said. ‘People in the [refugee] community are really scared. [Anti-refugee rhetoric] really scares people, so we need to have a community that is trying to reach out and reassure people.’”
When a Day in Court is a Trap for Immigrants (The New Yorker, 11/8/17) ICE agents appear to be randomly targeting immigrants who go to court – not only criminal court, but also family court and human trafficking court.
“According to an Immigrant Defense investigation, in April, in Suffolk County Family Court, ICE arrested a Pakistani-born father who had appeared on “a visitation matter.” The father was the primary custodian of two children who were United States citizens. He himself had come to the United States as a five-year-old child, “when his family fled political persecution in Pakistan.” In June, in Queens, ICE officers followed a woman who had appeared in Human Trafficking Intervention Court. The agents arrested the woman as she walked to the subway. On September 27th, ICE agents arrested a victim of alleged domestic violence as he left Queens County Criminal Court….
“The reality seems to be that ICE is operating in courthouses in an unrestrained way because it is internalizing a sense of impunity, its expansive policies encouraged by Sessions and Kelly, and viscerally backed by Donald Trump’s nativist rhetoric and policies.”
Montana’s first black mayor, once a refugee, says U.S. offered ‘second chance’ (The Guardian, 11/9/17)
“Wilmot Collins didn’t leave Liberia until he was 31, but his is the most American of stories.
“On Tuesday, the 54-year-old former refugee of a civil war, community activist and progressive political newcomer who wants affordable housing and solutions for teen homelessness, was elected mayor of Helena, Montana’s capital. …
“‘It tells you that the people of Helena were more focused on their own issues and it was not about race or anything,’ said Collins, who went door-to-door, campaigning at hundreds of homes in Helena. ‘They were looking for a change and I came in at the right time. I spoke the language they were looking for.’
“Specifically, Collins ran in the midst of a furor over Confederate monuments and an onslaught nationally of disinformation over refugees like himself. In his campaign, he addressed both issues head-on. As a refugee who underwent the difficult vetting process, he used campaigning to dispel myths.”
“Kelly made an urgent call from Japan, where he was traveling with President Trump. He was ‘irritated,’ administration officials said, and did not want his handpicked nominee for DHS secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, to face potentially uncomfortable questions about TPS during her confirmation hearing….
“Duke held her ground, the official said. ‘She was angry. To get a call like that from Asia, after she’d already made the decision, was a slap in the face.’”