Immigration update

August 30, 2017

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“DACA is a blessing. God has given it to you, so use it. Go to school and turn that blessing outwardly and bless your community, your church and your family.” – Dmarcos, MCC client and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient

“He didn’t speak much English. He didn’t come from money. He hadn’t finished high school… Manuel is just about the highest-value immigrant possible, and if we forget that, then we forget something elemental about America.” – Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

Updates and news

Border wall: On July 27, the House approved a set of spending bills that included $1.6 billion for border wall construction. President Trump has threatened a government shutdown if the final budget does not contain funding for the wall; his administration has already waived environmental laws and other regulations for wall construction in California. Segments in Texas would cut through a wildlife refuge and a national butterfly center (map). Advocacy toolkit

Migrant deaths in the U.S-Mexico border region are increasing, including four migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande river and ten who perished in a truck in San Antonio. (More from CNN and the Washington Post.) Meanwhile, a video shows U.S. border officers telling a young immigrant to drink liquid meth.

Enforcement: The Trump administration has ramped up immigration enforcement, making everyone without documentation a priority for removal including long-time residents and mothers. This is putting an enormous strain on immigration courts – 600,000 cases are pending with wait times of up to 5 years. A veteran ICE agent has raised concerns about the disturbing changes in enforcement practices. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed deep concern over recent deaths and overall conditions in U.S. detention centers.

Central American migration: A program allowing some minors from Central America to come to the U.S. was terminated by the Trump administration on August 15, leaving thousands fleeing danger with no good options. In the U.S., many asylum seekers are not showing up for their day in court, either because they cannot find a lawyer and do not understand the process, or because they fear being deported directly out of a courtroom. A 3-year-old from Honduras spent half his life in detention. An NPR series describes how immigrant teenagers are being falsely accused of being gang members (part 1part 2part 3). Know-your-rights

Canada: Some immigrants in the U.S., including many Haitians with temporary status, are fleeing to Canada, where they still could face deportation. Video | New web resources

DACA/Dream Act: Recent reports indicate the Trump administration may end the DACA program (action alertadditional resources). A House version of the DREAM Act was introduced on July 26 (bill textsummarycomparison chart). And the White House may be considering a “compromise” to provide protections for Dreamers paired with legislation to fund the border security and enforcement and to reduce legal immigration.

Sanctuary cities: The Justice Department released new guidelines to crack down on sanctuary cities. A Massachusetts court ruledlocal law enforcement officials do not have to honor all ICE detainers.

New legislation

Other news


Take action

Border wall toolkit

Take action web page


Upcoming events

Sept. 11, 4:00 p.m. EDT: Interfaith Immigration Coalition webinar: DACA, Temporary Protected Status, refugee travel ban (more information will follow).

October 10-15, 2017: Borderlands Learning Tour


New resources

MCC articles and resources

Know-your-rights

Enforcement/detention

Central American migration

  • Center for Global Development: Violence, development, and migration waves: paper | blog

Border

Temporary Protected Status

Farmworkers


Local stories, events and resources

Florida: More than just paperwork: MCC’s immigration work in south Florida is making a difference for students like Dmarcos

Illinois: Governor signs Illinois TRUST Act

California: Resources to support the California Values Act (SB 54) which would limit the entanglement of local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement

State legislation: Wave of state immigration laws in 2017

Send us your local stories and events


Connect with us

Email: mccwash@mcc.org

Phone: 202-544-6564

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Update created August 30, 2017, by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs.

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