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Third Episode of Our Podcast “180 Days” is Available Now

This week’s edition of the America’s Voice podcast, “180 Days,” is now available. The weekly podcast will run over the next six months as we approach the March 6, 2018 deadline for DACA. We cover the fight to protect Dreamers and pass the Dream Act – and other immigration news. In the third episode, the … Continue reading »

Among Other Outrages, Immigration Agents Arrest Newborn’s Parents at Texas Hospital

ICE and Border Patrol Cruelty Needs to Be Reined In Washington, DC – Every week brings more troubling examples of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol actions that violate basic social norms and offend our sense of who we are as Americans. Below, we lift up some of the most recent, outrageous incidents. … Continue reading »

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight: Weakening Standards While Hiring Thousands of CBP Officers Would Be Serious Mistake

Customs and Border Protection has been called America’s most “out-of-control” and ‘most corrupt’ enforcement agency, yet Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans want to trim back hiring standards so that 5,000 new agents can be brought on in an alarmingly short period of time. That was the subject of yesterday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” hosted … Continue reading »

Trump Push for Dramatically Expanded Deportation Force Runs into Scandal and Opposition

DHS Shut Out Congress and Attorneys During Muslim Ban Chaos, DHS Inspector General Challenges Need for Expansion The Trump Administration and Republican allies are pushing for billions in additional funding to beef up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation force, including 15,000 new ICE and CBP agents. But revelations and reports that came out yesterday … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Education Fund Responds to House Passage of HR 2213

“We won’t forget.” Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed HR 2213, a bill that will allow President Trump to lower the hiring standards for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, an agency already notorious for its corruption. According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, We are not surprised that Republicans are helping Trump … Continue reading »

In CBP Bill Vote Today, Will House Democrats Be Complicit in Advancing Trump’s Extreme Immigration Agenda?

Trump Has Already Lowered the Standards of Decency and Accountability in Government; House Democrats Should Not Lower Their Own Standards This afternoon, Members of Congress will vote on HR 2213 – a CBP bill to enable and expand the Trump Administration’s deportation force by weakening hiring standards for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The … Continue reading »

CBP’s Own Internal Documents Show Why Congress Should Vote “No” on HR 2213

CBP Needs More, Not Less, Accountability; Members Should Not Enable and Expand Trump Deportation Agenda and Force This week Members of Congress will vote on HR 2213 – a bill to enable and expand the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda. America’s Voice Education Fund strongly recommends a no vote on this measure. The proposed legislation … Continue reading »

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 »

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: Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Leader Condemns Proposed Bill to Waive Polygraph Test for CBP Hires

James F. Tomsheck, the former Assistant Commissioner for Internal Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2006 to 2014, writes a new must-read op-ed in The Hill titled “Why Is Congress Proposing to Increase Customs and Border Protection Corruption?” The piece recaps his firsthand experience at CBP and condemns proposed legislation which would … Continue reading »