This Week In Immigration Reform — Week Ending February 3

Post-Inauguration Edition

Post-Inauguration Updates: NCLR responds to executive orders; Resources regarding the executive orders; NCLR continues to mount opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General.

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NCLR Responds to Executive Orders: Last week, the president signed a number of executive orders that prove an unprecedented capacity to ignore the facts, flout the norms of public discourse, and declare open season on the nation’s immigrants and 55 million Americans of Hispanic descent. The executive orders include plans to move forward with building a wall on the Mexican border, ramp up deportations and go after cities refusing to transform their local law enforcement into immigration agents. The president also signed an extreme and inhumane executive order that would suspend immigration from a host of Muslim-majority countries and stop refugee from some countries. “We do not turn our backs on vulnerable people fleeing persecution and horrific violence. That is not who we are or who we ought to be. In short, these orders are as un-American as it gets,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

Tools You Can Use: Below are fact sheets describing the executive orders prepared by our colleagues at the National Immigration Forum. Also, NCLR continues to encourage immigrants to see a qualified immigration legal service provider for an immigration screening. To find a nonprofit immigration legal service provider visit:
Interior Enforcement Executive Order
Border Enforcement Executive Order
Refugee and Visa Executive Order

Research You Can Use: A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that counties with sanctuary policies have lower rates of crime and stronger economies when compared to non-sanctuary counties. This data demonstrates that these policies work because when counties protect all their residents, they see social and economic benefits.

A new report by the Center for Migration Studies of New York shows what the impact of President Donald Trump’s large-scale deportation plan on U.S. families and the U.S. economy. The report provides a statistical portrait of the undocumented population, with an emphasis on the social and economic condition of mixed-status households. Among the findings: 6.6 million US-born citizens share 3 million households with undocumented residents (mostly their parents). Of these US-born citizens, 5.7 million are children (under age 18).

NCLR Opposes Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General:  When president-elect Donald Trump announced that he was nominating Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as the next Attorney General, NCLR made its opposition clear. Since then, NCLR has continued to urge the Senate to oppose this nomination. NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía attended the first day of the packed Judiciary Committee hearing and you can watch a video of her reaction to the hearing here. Following the hearings, she stated, “the job of attorney general is too important to be left in the hands of a man with such an extreme and troubling track record.” On Monday, January 30th, NCLR Deputy Vice President Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro joined faith leaders and other civil rights groups to once again denounce the potential confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as our country’s next attorney general. Follow NCLR on twitter and Facebook for the latest information as the confirmation is scheduled for a vote in the Senate.

Clarissa Martinez De Castro stands with civil rights and faith leaders outside the Supreme Court of Monday, January 30.

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