Category Archives: Immigration

These latest comments feel personal

email from Christina Hartman, candidate for US House PA-16, 1/14/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps publicize, for readers’ reflection, any important thoughts and issues raised by Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)

You’ve probably seen the news about President Trump’s shameful comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa this past week. I’ll be honest: I’ve been fuming.

While Trump has said many awful things, these words feel particularly personal.

I’ve spent much of my career working around the globe — including in Africa, where I made lifelong friends. On a recent trip to Liberia, I met with a group of incredible women who were running for political office — turns out we’d had lot of the same experiences!

I know that many people in our community who have done mission work overseas have had similar positive experiences. Trump’s view of those places and people who live there couldn’t be further from the truth.

But, perhaps most importantly, Trump doesn’t understand who WE are as a country — nor what makes us great.

Right now, America receives the best and brightest immigrants from all over the world — I see this in my hometown of Lancaster every day. Immigrants have brought new ideas, new businesses, and new energy to Southeast Pennsylvania, just as they have across the country.

We need every elected official — on both sides of the aisle — to condemn Trump’s comments. Remaining silent at this time speaks volumes.

We haven’t heard a peep about any of this from our opponent Lloyd Smucker. We can’t afford to be represented by someone who ignores us. We can’t afford someone who’s forgotten what makes America truly great.

Our campaign to kick Smucker out of Congress is picking up steam. With your help, we can restore true representation to this district, and finally hold Trump accountable for his words and actions.

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Trump administration to end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador

By Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, 1/8/18

The sweeping move by the Trump administration affects more than 200,000 immigrants in the United States

In another sweeping action upending immigrant communities, the Trump Administration Monday announced it is terminating Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador who’ve been living here protected from deportation for nearly 17 years. The decision was met with widespread condemnation from church leaders, labor and immigrant rights groups and business organizations calling for Congress to act to spare the Salvadorans, many of whom have U.S. citizen children and employers who want them to stay. …

keep reading at Center for Public Integrity The order affects those from El Salvador who have been living in the US since BEFORE the 2001 earthquake. More than have of those losing their TPS status have been here more than 20 years. Many have jobs and children here. What ever happened to those Republican “family values”?

Sen. Casey stands with the DREAMers

Here, in the light of yesterday’s pro-DACA rally in West Chester, are Senator Casey’s strong words of support for DACA earlier this fall, from Bob Casey U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, September 5, 2017

Casey Statement On Trump’s Decision To End DACA

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement following the President’s decision to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The ‘Dreamers’ are young people who have lived in our country since they were children. They have been law-abiding residents who have learned English, paid taxes and secured jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families. Our government promised them that they would be protected if they came forward and now President Trump is breaking that promise.

President Trump’s action today is an insult to America and our values. This action is profoundly unjust, immoral and without regard for basic fairness. Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy. According to the CATO Institute, deporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would cost more than $60 billion and would result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that the 1.3 million young people enrolled in or eligible for DACA pay $2 billion each year in state and local taxes.

It’s clear that Republicans in Washington and the Trump Administration are not serious about fixing the problem of illegal immigration, securing our border and reforming our immigration system. Instead, their only plan is to deport 11 million individuals, including 790,000 Dreamers. Congress should move immediately to pass the bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would allow the Dreamers to become permanent residents if they meet the very stringent qualifications outlined in the bill.”

WCU students stage pro-DACA rally

By Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 12/6/17

WEST CHESTER >> Each day that Congress delays acting on the Dream Act, approximately 122 people will lose their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection. On Tuesday, scores of students at West Chester University staged a rally to remind local lawmakers of the severity of the situation.

“We are here to put pressure on our elected officials to advocate for this,” said Norma Montesino organizer of the rally, one of dozens that were put on around the country by Organizing for Action volunteers and other grassroots activists in support of the Dream Act.

Montesino, a student at West Chester University, said 900 young people in U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello’s 6th Congressional District are eligible for DACA. Some estimates put the cost of DACA recipients being pushed from the workforce in Costello’s district at $23 million.

DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children to live, work, and study without fear of detention and deportation. When President Donald Trump terminated the program on Sept. 5, 2017, he gave the 154,000 DACA recipients whose protections were set to expire between then and March 5, 2018, just 30 days to submit costly and arduous renewal applications.

“This is a human issue,” Montesino said. “This is about human rights….”

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