This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending November 6


Week Ending November 6

This week in immigration reform: NCLR urges people to #TuneOutBigotry on Saturday night; new report sheds light on eligible-to-naturalize population; and NCLR Senior Advisor discusses “two generation” approach at the National Legal Aid and Defender Conference.

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 NCLR kept the community informed with staff quotes in EFE, L.A. Weekly, Huffington Post, Roll Call, and WFPL.

Hispanic Caucus joins calls for SNL to “Dump Trump: ” This week, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) joined the chorus of those protesting Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live this week. In a statement, Chairwoman Linda Sanchez spoke on behalf of the CHC, saying, “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is outraged by Donald Trump’s racist remarks on the millions of Mexicans living in the United States. His comments were not only wrong but divisive and perpetuate hateful stereotypes toward the Latino community.” In a Washington Post opinion piece entitled, TV normalizes Donald Trump’s offensive shtick” Richard Cohen describes “the normalization of Trump and what he has said. Over and over on Lemon’s show, Trump’s remarks were labeled “controversial” — as if he called for a balanced budget or increased drilling in the Arctic. They were not called offensive or bigoted or inflammatory or demagogic.”

New report examines US eligible-to-naturalize population: A report released this week by the Center for Migration Studies, titled “The U.S. Eligible-to-Naturalize Population: Detailed Social and Economic Characteristics,” looks at the estimated 8.6 million U.S. residents who are eligible to naturalize but have not yet done so. Using data collected in the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), the report finds that a large number of naturalization-eligible immigrants may have difficulty meeting the naturalization requirements or may need intensive support to do so. This population likely includes large numbers of the 2.87 million naturalization-eligible who have lived in the United States for more than 25 years.

NCLR senior advisor discusses “two generation” approach at the national legal aid defender conference: This week in New Orleans, Charles Kamasaki presented on a panel the ways that legal services lawyers can better improve opportunities for success of clients by increasing inclusion of the clients’ support system and community resources.  For more information on the panel, click here