Week Ending March 17
This week in immigration: NCLR responds to the President’s funding request to Congress; joins calls for congressional hearings on the immigration executive orders; the president’s Muslim and refugee ban is blocked again; and a new poll continues to show support for legal status not deportations.
NCLR tells Congress to reject funding requests for mass deportation: This week, the administration sent a spending request to Congress asking for $3 billion to expand its deportation force, immigrant detention camps, and for a border wall along the southern border. The administration also sent over its first budget for Fiscal Year 2018 which requested $4.5 billion dollars to implement its executive orders on immigration. “Rather than asking Congress to spend our taxpayer dollars on programs that would make our educational system more equitable, health care affordable and accessible, and the dream of owning a business or a home attainable—the White House is asking Congress for a check to push their agenda of intolerance,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. To see some of the ways that $3 billion could be better spent, follow @NCLR on twitter or check out this post on the ways the $3 billion could be spent on education, childcare, the environment, job creation, and national service. To tell your senators to reject this request for new funding that will fund more ICE and CBP agents, new immigrant detention centers, and a border wall visit: nclr.us/nowall.
The fight continues at the federal level for educational equity, but states will be key to protecting Latino students
By John Marth, Senior Content Specialist, NCLR
The New York cohort of National Institute of Latino School Leaders
Nine educators met in New York’s Financial District for a two-day training about using their experiences with students and parents to advocate for state-level policies. It was the first of three training modules they’ll attend over the next eight months.
The group represents the sixth cohort of the National Institute of Latino School Leaders, or NILSL. NCLR developed the program five years ago to train educators working with Latino students to become more involved in education policy.
Previous NILSL groups consisted of fellows from across the country learning about lawmaking on the federal level. With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) about to take effect, the program was modified to focus on states. “Now that ESSA’s passed, we need to make sure states are following it,” said Jessica Rodriguez Boudreau, NCLR Education Outreach Manager, who led the training. This year’s fellows come from Colorado and New York.
It’s official: the president has made his supplemental budget request and submitted to Congress his first budget to fund his wall on our country’s southern border. And with the supplemental at $3 billion, taxpayers would be on the hook to fund the wall, a deportation force, border patrol agents, and detention facilities.
The budget request is meant to fund the strategy behind the three executive orders on immigration that led up to the president’s request today. Those orders created a ban on refugees and Muslims, authorized a new deportation force and new detention camps for asylum-seeking families, and a large-scale increase in border resources.
One thing is clear: Congress has the power to say NO. Without approval from Congress, the president cannot fully implement his anti-immigrant agenda
This week, NCLR joined 11 other prominent national organizations to address the disturbing spike in hate incidents across the country. The initiative, Communities Against Hate, is led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. A major part of the initiative is launching a database to bring visibility to hate incidents, and helping victims and organizations get access to legal resources and social services through a newly established hotline: (844) 9 NOHATE, or (844) 966-4283. You can also report incidents online at: nclr.us/CommunitiesAgainstHate
Communities Against Hate marks the first time organizations that represent a diverse set of impacted communities—including the Black, Latino, LGBTQ, Muslim, Arabs, and women—have joined together to aggregate data on hate incidents. The initiative will pull together traditionally separate reporting of hate incidents and provide support for victims and communities. This pairing of services and documentation is unprecedented and especially critical in our current social climate.
Week Ending March 10
This week in immigration: NCLR responds to the President’s Muslim ban 2.0; continued efforts of the administration’s deportation force.
NCLR responds to the administration’s Muslim Ban 2.0 This week, President Trump signed another executive order that bans travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries and halts refugee resettlement. The executive order follows the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block the initial executive order. NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía, tweeted:
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked the federal judge that issued a halt to the ban under the first executive order to find that his order applies to the second ban as well. If the judge agrees, the government would not be able to put the new ban into effect next Thursday as scheduled, without further action from the court.