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Good morning from Miami where today we join the mayors of Miami, Miami Beach and Miami Dade County, among others, to announce new naturalization efforts.
Welcome to Friday’s edition of Noorani’s Notes.
JUST DO IT — Something you might’ve missed. Nike and Columbia Sportswear released statements this week in defense of Oregon’s anti-racial-profiling law, which will be threatened by Ballot Measure 105 this November. A statement published on OregonVotes.gov argues that repealing the long-standing sanctuary law would be bad for business saying, “ending Oregon’s sanctuary law will damage Oregon’s long-standing track record as a place that attracts diverse talent from across the globe.” Esquire reported on the statements saying that public statements on social issues from large companies could encourage others to stand up for what is right.
$1 BILLON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has requested an additional $1 billion citing “rising numbers of arrests and deportations, including ‘special high-risk charter flights’ to nations that had previously refused to accept detainees,” according to new budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. This news comes after congressional leaders from both parties agreed to a “continuing resolution” that would fund the government until December 7. This could get interesting.
RECRUITMENT — Franklin Henriquez, a DACA recipient who cannot vote, works in a Houston co-working space with a group of organizers to register and educate eligible millennial voters on hotly-contested immigration issues. “Nationwide polling suggests Latinos in battleground districts (TX-7, TX-23, TX-32, TX-32) feel strongly about immigration-related issues, especially in light of the government’s child separation policy and anti-immigrant rhetoric,” Houston Public Media reports.
IN CUSTODY — There are currently 12,800 immigrant children in the custody of the United States government — the most ever, reports Tal Kopan of CNN. What makes it even worse is that the rate of children being released from custody has plunged. “It’s likely because the Trump administration’s policies are keeping them there” — policies such as scrutinizing individuals who offer to take care of the migrant children, and intentionally holding kids until they are 18 years old so that they can be treated as adults, 5,000 more children are being kept in custody each month compared to the release rates in 2017 and average detention stays have jumped from 48 days in 2017 to 59 days currently.
ANOTHER WORD FOR WRONG — The U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security released a report in January that incorrectly drew a link between immigration and terrorism. Now a group of 18 former counterterrorism officials are urging the departments to issue retractions or corrections to that report. Since the report’s release, President Trump has been consistently quoted misleading data points to drum up support for stricter immigration laws. Joshua Geltzer, a former National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism, told The Washington Post that America has a “a radicalization problem. Not an immigration problem.”
CANADA’S CONSERVATIVE CHALLENGE — Our northern neighbor is typically known to be more welcoming towards immigrants, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s liberal policies are facing a challenge in the upcoming election. Reuters reports “A controversial proposal by the front-runner in Quebec’s October elections seeking to reduce immigration and add French language tests will put the province at odds with Canada’s federal government.” Senior officials for the Canadian Federal Government have spoken out against the proposal, calling it madness and unworkable.
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