Trump Calls for ‘Tougher’ Immigration Response After NYC Attack

President Trump on Wednesday seized on the deadly truck attack in New York City to immigration campaigns and tighter security measures.

The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, is an Uzbek national who used the lottery system to enter the U.S. in 2010, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump said the alleged driver in Tuesday’s attack entered the country through the diversity visa lottery and demanded that Congress act “immediately” to terminate the program. That proposal thus far has not gained traction in Congress.

Earlier this year he backed a Republican congressional plan to scrap the green card lottery and replace it with a merit-based system. The president himself does not have the authority to end the program, and must rely on Congress to create new immigration laws.

Speakers at Immigration Conference react to New York Attack

The conference, hosted by local rotary clubs, is set up to allow area high school students and teachers discuss the social and economic impacts of immigration.

One of the speakers, James McCann, is a political science professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette. While he believes the jury is still out on Tuesday’s attack, he doesn’t think it means we need stricter immigration laws.

“Obviously the country has to protect itself from internal and external threats, but i think if we equate immigration just with protecting borders and protecting the quality of life and so on, that’s misguided,” said McCann.

Trump’s Unintended Support for Immigrant Civil Rights?

Amid the predictably restrictive border policies enumerated in President Trump’s seven-page document recently delivered to Congress is a proposal to hire 370 additional immigration judges to ostensibly “ensure swift return of illegal border crossers.” This could actually turn out to be a much-needed step toward civil rights and justice for immigrants.

Trump’s argument to hire hundreds more immigration judges fells on the erroneous—and indeed illegal—notion that the modus operandi of judges is to deport immigrants. In reality, immigration judges issue cancellations of removal and other deportation relief in addition to removal orders.

Regardless of his motives, Trump hit on a significant, widely acknowledged problem in the contemporary U.S. immigration system: immigration courts are in a state of crisis.

Conference Explores Impacts of the Criminalization of Immigration

The Center for the Study of Inequality is partnering with the Cornell Population Center to sponsor a conference Nov. 9-10, “Criminalizing Immigrants: Border Controls, Enforcement, and Resistance in Comparative Perspective.” The event will feature keynotes by David Cook-Martín, professor of social research and public policy at New York University-Abu Dhabi and Mathew Coleman, associate professor of geography at The Ohio State University.

“Immigration is one of the most consequential social phenomena of our time, not only because of the sheer number of people who are living outside their countries of birth, but because questions over whether and how to incorporate immigrants into the host society have become such political flashpoints,” said Kim Weeden, the Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor of Social Sciences, chair of the Department of Sociology and director of Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality.

“This conference brings together world-class social scientists and legal scholars to discuss research and exchange ideas about the consequences of large-scale immigration for the immigrants, their families, the sending and receiving communities, employers, and local and global social and political movements.”

Judge questions US Lawyers over Philadelphia’s Immigration Compliance in Sanctuary City Row

The judge, considering whether the U.S. Department of Justice can withhold federal grant money from Philadelphia due to its status as a sanctuary city, spent much of an oral argument.

The dispute centers around whether the Department of Justice can require Philadelphia to comply with 8 U.S.C. Section 1373 as a condition before awarding its Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which has provided the city about $2 million each year for public safety programs.

The city is arguing that it is already in substantial compliance with a reasonable understanding of the section, but the Department of Justice is contending that the city’s policies barring law enforcement officials from providing immigration information about non-criminal immigrants go against a plain reading of the section.

Trump’s chief economist says we need more immigrant workers, not less

Trump’s top economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, has long maintained that the U.S. should embrace more immigrant workers, not fewer.

“Perhaps surprisingly for a country that has long thought of itself as a nation of immigrants, the U.S. falls far behind almost all the other countries in the number of immigrants it admitted in 2010 relative to its population size,” Hassett wrote.

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens Obama Care

As ObamaCare open enrollment begins, health-care providers in immigrant communities worry that the Trump administration’s hard line on immigration will spook some immigrants and their U.S.-born relatives away from seeking health insurance.

In Baltimore, families with mixed immigration status “are telling us that they have a newfound hesitance to provide any information to the government” since Trump was elected, said Sarah Polk, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

President Donald Trump has cut outreach to promote health-insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

And while those children may be eligible for coverage, fear of deportation could discourage their parents from seeking it. Adults who might be eligible for Medicaid or ACA (Affordable Care Act) coverage could also be discouraged from applying out of fear that it could draw attention to undocumented relatives.

U.S. immigration policies hurt efforts to rebuild after Harvey, builders say

It will cost more and take longer to rebuild Houston and the rest of Texas because of a construction labor shortage that is only being made worse by the nation’s immigration policies, a Texas Senate committee heard on Wednesday.

The Texas Association of Builders stated that their industry was already facing a severe worker shortage prior to Hurricane Harvey that was delaying completions of homes by an extra month or two. But now the number of jobs could double because of the rebuilding needs after Hurricane Harvey, said Scott Norman executive director of the Texas  “The currently supply of workers is not meeting the need.”

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