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While Donald Trump Goes to the Border, the Trump Effect is on Display in Congress

If We Are Going to Have a Debate on Immigration Policy, Let’s Move from Gotcha Politics to Real Solutions While the Donald heads to the border today, the Trump Effect is on display in Washington.  The GOP is following Donald Trump’s lead by staging votes on piecemeal anti-immigrant measures in Congress while blocking a comprehensive solution … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Facing the Facts on Illegal Immigration”

Albert Hunt of Bloomberg View Sets the Record Straight on the Republican Meme that the Border is Out of Control In a piece entitled, “Facing the Facts on Illegal Immigration,” Hunt takes on the notion that is repeated ad nauseum in the Fox News/GOP bubble: “the border is out of control, it’s Obama’s fault, and we have … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary: Unauthorized Migration Across Southern Border On Track To Be Lowest Since 1972

Unauthorized migration across the US/Mexico border is on track to be the lowest since 1972, said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson earlier this week. “The bottom line of all this is, in recent years the total number of those who attempt to illegally cross our southwest border has declined dramatically, while the percentage of those who … Continue reading »

Santorum & Walker Advancing Anti-Immigrant Movement’s Cruel Wish-list as Rest of GOP Field Waffles on Immigration Reform

On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Rick Santorum responded to a question regarding what to do about 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in America by rejecting the notion of a path to legalization and saying, “You just use E-Verify.  You require E-Verify.” While Santorum was careful not to use the infamous Mitt Romney phrase “self-deportation,” this is … Continue reading »

The Border Is The Most Secure Its Been In Decades — But Don’t Expect To Hear That From Republicans

Continued Republican claims about an unsecure border — including recent fearmongering about a possible ISIS infiltration from Presidential candidate Rand Paul — just got doused with a cold bucket of reality. In a front page story earlier this week, the Washington Post’s Jerry Markon writes that “illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level … Continue reading »

WaPo: Unauthorized Immigration Across Border at Historic Lows; GOP: Secure the Border First

Washington Post Exposes the GOP’s “Secure the Border First” Mantra as Fact-Free A new front-page story in the Washington Post by Jerry Markon finds that “illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades.”  It quotes Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection as saying “we have seen tremendous progress…the border … Continue reading »

Even More Border Security Won't Appease Anti-Immigrant Hard Liners

House Republican leaders appear to be riding an immigration seesaw.  One minute they’re attaching extreme amendments to the DHS appropriations bill to placate the Steve King wing of their conference, the next minute they’re readying a “Plan B” in case those provisions get rejected by the Senate.  Here’s POLITICO on the stakes that Republican leaders are … Continue reading »

Zero Evidence to Support ISIS Crossing Border, But GOPers Claiming it Anyway

The Department of Homeland Security has definitively said that “the suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” but it’s election season, which means that GOP candidates are fear-mongering without proof anyway. … Continue reading »

Minutemen Re-emerge, Attempt to Deny Connections to Incredibly Violent Past

One response to the appearance of children fleeing violence has been the reemergence of the Minutemen, aka the militia-style armed groups which take it upon themselves to patrol the border, which largely disappeared a few years ago after a number of incredibly unsavory events. The thing about the Minutemen groups is that they tend to attract … Continue reading »

Fox News: Harry Reid is Right and the Border is Secure

For weeks, anti-immigrant conservatives have been trying to use the story of children fleeing violence to claim that the border is not secure — an absurd claim considering that the children coming to the border typically seek out Border Patrol and turn themselves in.  In the clip below, Sean Hannity is looking to mock Harry … Continue reading »