CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Last week, the president announced that he would end birthright citizenship, which allows anyone born on US land to automatically become a citizen, and was used in a Supreme Court case to argue that Black people were citizens in this country, by executive order. The strategy is meant to control the undocumented population, but many say that it will only cause it to grow. (Citylab, 11/5)
Despite the heavily debated political feasibility of this proposal, this potential restriction would still have a profound impact on the size of the undocumented population. If birthright citizenship were ended for U.S.-born babies with two undocumented parents, the report estimates that the undocumented population would grow by 4.7 million people by 2050. If the restriction included those with just one undocumented parent as well, the report predicts the undocumented population would grow from 11 million today to 24 million in 2050, more than doubling.
“Touted by its supporters as a solution to reduce illegal immigration, [a] repeal in fact would have the completely opposite effect,” wrote Michael Fix, president of the Migration Policy Institute, in the report. Even if the border were closed entirely, the undocumented population would continue to grow as more babies are born without citizenship. After a generation, there would even be grandchildren born in undocumented status, even though they and their parents were born in the United States.
WRAG ANNOUNCEMENT | In July, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s current president, announced that she would be retiring after twelve years of leadership. Today, the search committee is sharing the position announcement for the next president of WRAG. (Daily, 11/5)
ARTS & HUMANITIES | Titus Kaphar, luncheon keynote speaker at WRAG’s annual meeting tomorrow, discusses why his artwork is rooted in social justice. (Chronicle, 10/31 – Subscription needed)
TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | WRAG members Bank of America, Citi, IBM Corporation and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have signed onto a business statement calling for transgender equality. (Human Rights Campaign, 11/3)
BUSINESS | Amazon in advanced talks about putting HQ2 in Northern Virginia, those close to process say (WaPo, 11/3)
– DC Council’s judiciary committee has passed legislation to lower the voting age to sixteen. The bill will now go to the full council to be voted on next week. (WCP, 11/1)
– In Final Debate Before Election, County Executive Candidates Revisit Development, Housing Issues (Bethesda Beat, 11/2)
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Here’s something to make you smile on this Monday:
A nice old lady on a bus offers the driver some peanuts. He’s happy to take some. He asks her after a while why she isn’t having any herself.
“Oh, young man,” she says, “they’re too hard on my poor teeth, I couldn’t.”
“Why did you buy them at all then?” wonders the driver.
“You see, I just love the chocolate they’re covered in!”
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