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ICYMI: USCIS Director Nominee Francis Cissna’s Long Held Anti-Immigrant Views

As Lee Francis Cissna testifies this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his nomination for Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Marcelo Rochabrun of ProPublica has an important investigative report that explores Cissna’s role in amplifying anti-immigrant messages and policy as an advisor to Senator Chuck Grassley, and his ties to anti-immigrant … Continue reading »

Tres preguntas para el secretario del DHS, John Kelly, sobre el presupuesto del gobierno de Trump

Este miércoles y jueves, el secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS), John Kelly, testificará ante los subcomités de asignaciones de la Cámara Baja y del Senado sobre la petición del presupuesto del gobierno de Trump del Año fiscal 2018 para el DHS. En inmigración, el gobierno busca miles de millones de dólarespara ampliar su … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Education Fund Comments on Senate Judiciary Hearing: “Building America’s Trust Through Border Security”

The following is a reaction from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, on the Senate Judiciary Hearing on border security this afternoon: This past March, we joined 130 allied organizations and Senator Durbin in asking the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration to hold oversight hearings on President Trump’s … Continue reading »

On Heels of Trump Budget Release, Three Questions for DHS Secretary John Kelly at House and Senate Hearings

This Wednesday and Thursday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly will testify before House and Senate appropriations subcommittees about the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for DHS. On immigration, the Trump budget seeks billions of dollars to expand its mass deportation force and policy, including: $1.6 billion for an unnecessary, offensive, and … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Hires Texas State Director Mario Carrillo to Fight Anti-Immigrant Laws and Policies

Austin, TX – Following the passage of Texas SB4, the virulently anti-civil rights, anti-immigrant, and anti-public safety legislation, America’s Voice, a national pro-immigrant advocacy organization, has hired Mario Carrillo as the Texas State Director to help amplify the efforts of Texas-based advocacy groups to push back against SB4. Mario will work to support the efforts of Texas-based … Continue reading »

“Silent Raids” Across America: ICE Turning Routine Check-ins Into Deportations

Last week, ICE announced that in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration arrests of undocumented immigrants increased by 38%. A key way the Trump Administration is running up its deportation numbers involves going after the undocumented immigrants who are easiest to find – those who have been checking in with ICE regularly for … Continue reading »

As ICE Brags About Arrests and Congress Works to Turbocharge Trump’s Deportation Agenda, A Reminder of the Futures Shattered and Families Separated

This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) boasted about how many people they arrested during the first 100 days – even though the majority of people they arrested are either immigrants with no criminal record or immigrants who are not threats to public safety. At the same time, the GOP-led House is attempting to turbocharge … Continue reading »

Like Everything Trump-Related, ICE Plays Loose with the Truth on Immigration Enforcement

Like just about everything emanating from the Trump Administration these days, the new statistics from ICE documenting immigration enforcement during the first 100 days of the Administration merit a healthy dose of skepticism. Honan’s claims on immigrant deportations don’t add up Acting ICE director Thomas Homan convened a call yesterday with reporters to tout the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Lawmaker, Law Enforcement Blast Texas “Show Me Your Papers” SB4 Law and National Legislation Cut from Same Cloth

Since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen a slew of anti-immigrant legislation proposed on both the local and national level. Earlier this month, the Texas legislature passed the SB4 law, the virulently anti-civil rights, anti-immigrant, and anti-public safety legislation that includes a provision similar to Arizona’s infamous ‘show me your papers’ law, which takes the cake for the worst … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Reacts to Newly Released ICE Data

Newly released ICE data reveals that the rate of deportations has increased 38% during the Trump Administration, including a 156% increase in the removal of immigrants who have no criminal history and don’t deserve to be deported. Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund issued the following statement: Secretary Kelly and ICE Director Thomas Homan … Continue reading »