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The New DHS M.O.: Dine, Discriminate and Detain

ICE Agents in Michigan profile and arrest Latino restaurant workers after enjoying breakfast This, from a follow up story in MLive.com on a recent ICE raid at an Ann Arbor restaurant: It started with a breakfast order – waffles, bacon, eggs and toast – and ended with handcuffs and questions about the immigration status of … Continue reading »

Calling Out Secretary Kelly on ICE Targets and Tactics

Despite Sec. Kelly’s Spin During Capitol Hill Testimony, More Disturbing Examples of ICE Targets Show Real World Reality Doesn’t Match Rhetoric The Trump Administration’s FY18 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget request seeks billions of dollars to ramp up its mass deportation force and policy. Yesterday and today, during testimony before the House and Senate appropriations committees, DHS Secretary … Continue reading »

Trump’s Mass Deportation Policy Inspires Vigilantism and Violence

To Some, Immigration Status More Important than Human Status In a new report for NPR, Josh Burnett finds that President Trump’s “new immigration crackdowns [are] creating ‘chilling effect’ on crime reporting: Police officials have been warning about the unintended consequences of Trump’s immigration dragnet. They caution it will further isolate immigrants who are in the country … Continue reading »

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

As Lee Francis Cissna testifies this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his nomination for USCIS Director, 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 organizations and SPLC-labeled hate groups, including … 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 »