TEXAS 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MICHAEL MCCAUL
“What’s your Rep up to” is a blog post to help you decipher the legislation of the Representatives in your Districts. While we do not tell you how to vote, we do want to help you make informed decisions when you vote in November 2018.
McCaul represents Texas’ 10th Congressional District in which 5% of the population is Asian; out of this, approximately 2% is South Asian. The district McCaul represents covers a large area between Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Houston.
In January 2018, Republican Congressman Michael McCaul teamed up with Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Raúl Labrador of Idaho to propose legislation surrounding immigration titled “Securing America’s Future Act”. The legislation proposes different ways to limit the number of immigrants who can legally stay in United States through harsh enforcement and weak protections for non-citizens.
FAMILY- BASED IMMIGRATION
“Securing America’s Future Act” destroys the family-based immigration system. It gets rid of the ability of U.S. citizens to sponsor their adult children and siblings for green cards; the ability of lawful permanent residents to sponsor their adult unmarried children for green cards; the ability of adult U.S. citizens to sponsor their parents for green cards; and creates temporary 5-year nonimmigrant visa for parents of U.S. citizens. This requires our U.S. citizen clients to provide financial support and health insurance for their parents, regardless of the personal financial resources of the parents.
One of the more controversial areas of the legislation proposed by McCaul deals with the border wall. Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump spoke about building a border wall along the US-Mexico border to curb illegal immigration. Since the beginning of Trump’s campaign, McCaul has supported the border wall and wants to ensure that it is built.
McCaul’s “Securing America’s Future Act” looks to construct the border wall. The legislation seeks to install, deploy, and operate the border wall system, fencing, levee walls, checkpoints, lighting, roads, for the purpose of detaining “illegal entrants”. Many view this wall as wasting resources by increasing the country’s deficits to build the wall as well as requiring the hiring of extra Border Patrol and Officers to maintain the border.
RESTRICTIONS ON DACA
Furthermore, the legislation proposes that anyone who has followed the DACA requirements for over three years may be allowed to submit for legal status. Unfortunately, the Legislation lacks permanent protections for Dreamers, provides only contingent nonimmigrant status to eligible applicants for renewable three-year periods, and does not provide a path to permanent legal status or eventual citizenship. Although this legislation has been popular amongst conservative politicians, many critics state it is not bipartisan and should be focused on bringing pointers from both parties.
WORK BASED IMMIGRATION
Congressman McCaul’s legislation imposes stiff penalties for companies who fail to comply with the E-Verify system including civil penalties to Employers if they fail to notify Department of Homeland Security if a person’s employment authorization cannot be verified. He has asked companies to use the E-Verify system to ensure they are hiring solely legal workers. However, the E-Verify system has historically been full of errors and has erroneously denied those who are authorized to work.
CRIMINALIZES ALL NONCITIZENS
“Securing America’s Future Act” criminalizes any illegal presence of 90 days or more. Thus, someone can be charged with the crime of improper entry and face up to 6 months in jail if they stay in the country for more than three months. If the violation follows certain convictions, that period of maximum time of imprisonment can vary from 10 to 20 years. This places harsh convictions on noncitizens and unduly criminalizes immigrants.
Although this legislation has not passed yet, those who live in District 10 of Texas can vote in the elections in November, and decide if this is the Representative they want. Texas Congressional 10th District, “Securing America’s Future Act” is just one of the things your Rep. is up to.
The South Asian Community recently threw a fundraiser gala for Mayor Steve Adler, bringing in the largest number of new donors to his reelection campaign thus far. The evening started with a short introduction by attorney Pooja Sethi, who owns an immigration law firm and hence pays special attention to the policies and politics in Austin. She noted that Mayor Adler has undertaken several initiatives to ensure the Austin community is inclusive, progressive, and diverse — from appointing the first female Indian Chief of Staff, Lesley Verghese, to continuously supporting initiatives that champion the integration of various communities. Sethi highlighted the pride Austinites feel to have Steve Adler as Mayor. Mayor Adler took the stage to address the community gathered to support his reelection bid, and he gave an inspiring speech about the many progressive strides that Austin has made recently.
Mayor Adler called Austin a magical place with its unique, laid back culture, saying, “From Barton Springs to the food - Austin is a place that attracts people from all over and we are in the spotlight.” Austin is now one of the bigger metropolitans and is being touted as an example. No city has done it right yet so let’s be that pioneer to get that sense of community, inclusivity right,” he said. Adler then touched upon topics such as infrastructure & roads. The removal of traffic lights on 360 elicited a huge hoorah from the crowd. He also discussed Code Next — both its merits and concerns — as well as the expansion of Austin Bergstrom Airport and the addition of more domestic & international flights. He also discussed the possibility of having a professional soccer team that brings about team spirit and pride for the city. Before taking questions he recalled an anecdote about his recent visit to India and his chance meeting with Dalai Lama there.
A little 10 year old girl asked him about whether he thinks east Austin is getting gentrified too rapidly. He responded saying that it definitely is and that growth needs to be measured. Then a small boy lightened the mood by asking if we could have longer weekends. Unfortunately, Mayor Adler said, as much as he would love to, he can’t grant us that wish!
The Mayor stayed afterward and conversed with constituents and supporters. Many interesting conversations ensued throughout the evening. It was truly a fantastic fundraiser that allowed for dialog and for the Asian American to participate and get involved with a sense of civic duty and strengthen our city and community.
By Archana Vemulapalli
In January 2018, Republican Congressman Michael McCaul teamed up with Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chair of the House Judiciary Committee and Republican congressman Raúl Labrador of Idaho. Together, the three proposed legislation surrounding immigration titled “Securing America’s Future Act”. The legislation proposes different ways to limit the number of immigrants who stay in USA past their visa expiration date. Additionally, McCaul wants to increase the number of green cards given to skilled workers. This would be beneficial to skilled workers looking for a path to citizenship in USA. As the data suggests, the largest number of foreign skilled workers in USA are located along the East Coast and in Texas with Austin among the top 5 cities. See graph below:
Congressman McCaul has asked companies to use the E-Verify system to ensure they are hiring solely legal workers. The E-Verify System is a system that allows employers to enter in their employees names into a database in which all government records about the employee is listed. Through this database, the employer will be able to confirm the employee is, in fact, staying in the USA legally.
One of the more controversial areas of the legislation proposed by McCaul deals with the border wall. Throughout the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump spoke about building a border wall along the US-Mexico border to curb illegal immigration. Since the beginning of Trump’s campaign, McCaul has supported the border wall and wants to make sure it is built.
One final area of the legislation proposes that anyone who has followed the DACA requirements for over three years should be allowed to submit for legal status. McCaul states this process will allow for people who have committed no crimes and are successful in their community to begin on a path towards citizenship. Although this legislation has been popular amongst conservative politicians, many critics state it is not bipartisan and should be focused on bringing bringing pointers from both parties. We can only wait to see what will happen with this legislation. Until then, we can call our congressmen to either support or defeat this act.
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