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ICYMI: Julia Preston: ‘Trump: The New Deportation Threat’

Longtime and former New York Times immigration reporter: Trump’s new deportation threat “has begun to look like an attack on entire communities.” In the New York Review of Books, the longtime New York Times immigration reporter Julia Preston, now working as a freelance reporter, pens a piece assessing the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement and … Continue reading »

Bipartisan Reform? More like Scorched Earth Xenophobia (English & Spanish)

Frank Sharry Says Trump Address to Congress is “Scorched Earth Xenophobia” The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to the Address to the Congress by President Donald Trump: Press reports that Trump might embrace comprehensive immigration reform turned out to be a cruel hoax. Instead of reaching … Continue reading »

Reminders That Trump’s Plan to Deport “Criminals” Is a Pretext to Start Deporting Hardworking Immigrants

Washington, DC – Several recent assessments of President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to immediately deport 2 to 3 million immigrants offer reminders that Trump’s immigration plan would extend far beyond ‘criminals’ in any normal sense of the word, sweeping up hardworking people who have lived in the U.S. for years and by most accounts deserve a … Continue reading »

A Brave Woman Asked Clinton And Sanders For Help On National TV

Cross-posted from Lynn Tramonte’s post on Medium. Could you do this, if you had to? Stand before a national television audience and a possible future United States President, talk about the most painful event of your life, and ask for help? With the assistance of Univision reporter Enrique Acevedo, and a platform provided by the Univision/Washington Post Democratic … Continue reading »

Gustavo Barahona-Sanchez, Racially Profiled by Louisiana Police, Released By ICE

Important news over the weekend, via The Los Angeles Times: A Honduras man arrested by Louisiana police in what one government lawyer said was a case of racial profiling has been released by immigration officers. Gustavo Barahona-Sanchez, who is in the U.S. illegally, was released from LaSalle Detention Facility by Immigration and Customs Enforcement late Friday, … Continue reading »

New York Times Editorial Board Highlights Need For Reform And Accountability At ICE (And Over Director Saldaña)

Today, following the racially charged arrest of two Honduran immigrants in New Orleans (and subsequent deportation of one, with the second pending), the New York Times editorial board issued a strong reproach of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) systemic shortcomings (starting with the leadership of ICE Director Sarah Saldaña), despite the promise of reform. The piece, “Wrongly Profiled and Deported,” follows a … Continue reading »

Immigrant Community Scores Victory As Deportation Rates Drop But More Work Needs to Be Done

Deportations of undocumented immigrants have decreased for the first time since 2006, a notable victory for the immigrant community that continues to live in fear thanks to a broken immigration system and congressional inaction. Thousands of petition signatures, direct actions, and rallies have helped pave the way to secure programs like Deferred Action for Childhood … Continue reading »

DREAMer Astrid Silva Discussing Deportation Policy and the Politics of Immigration

Astrid Silva of DREAM Big Vegas appeared on MSNBC with Jose Diaz-Balart today to discuss the Obama administration’s deportation policy, in light of Hillary Clinton’s vow to change it. She also talked about the politics of the immigration issue in the 2016 campaign, noting we still don’t know the current position of one-time advocate Marco … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Greg Sargent Asks if Trump’s Call for Mass Deportation Will Force Other Republicans to Specify their Stance

As we assessed earlier today in a statement, Donald Trump’s comments to CNN endorsing a vision of mass deportation is as extreme as it is ridiculous.  There are 11 million undocumented immigrants in America.  Two-thirds have lived and worked in America for more than a decade.  Most live in families.  Many own homes.  They are intertwined in families and … Continue reading »

Washington Post profiles Javier Flores, Deported After Obama Delayed Executive Action

The Sunday edition of the Washington Post published a profile of Javier Flores, who lived in Ohio with his family, including four U.S. citizen children, until he was deported last month.  It’s a very compelling story about the very real impacts of what happened after President Obama decided to delay executive action to an immigrant who … Continue reading »