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Going for Broke: After a Week of Dismal Failures, Trump Administration and Cohorts Try to Change Subject By Lashing Out At Immigrants

The Trump Administration and its hardline anti-immigrant allies are taking their assault against immigrants to disturbing new heights. As we noted yesterday, we are in dangerous times, as a presidency under siege is lashing out against immigrants with new venom. From new details of the Administration’s immigration enforcement agenda to the renewed push to end DACA … Continue reading »

AVEF Responds to Sneak Attempt to Enact $1.6 Billion Funding for Costly and Unnecessary Border Wall

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives reportedly plans to sneak $1.6 billion in funding for Trump’s border wall into a “minibus” spending package this afternoon. According to Politico’s Ted Hesson: Why in a rule? Why not just amend the bill once it’s on the floor? Probably because the wall doesn’t have enough Republican support to pass there. This … Continue reading »

Rep. Gallego Joins Environment and Immigration Experts to Condemn House Sneaking in Vote for Wasteful $1.6B Border Wall

A recording of today’s event is available here. In an unusual procedural move, House Republicans will add $1.6 billion in border wall funding to a “minibus” bill that includes funding for the Defense Department and other agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs. A vote on the package is expected mid-week. On a press call today, … Continue reading »

House Approps Votes in Favor of Funding Trump’s Mass Deportation Agenda; Rep. Roybal-Allard Slams Bill

The House Appropriations Committee today marked up the DHS appropriations bill before taking a 30-22 party-line vote to pass it out of committee. Democratic amendments which were offered but voted down or withdrawn included provisions to cut CBP and ICE funding, to protect DACA, to prohibit ICE raids in sensitive locations, to prohibit the removal … Continue reading »

Immigrant Advocates Blast Proposed FY2018 DHS Appropriations Bill

The Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider a massive increases in immigration enforcement spending in the proposed fiscal year 2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill later today.  This bill tracks with President Trump’s request for a massive border wall, more private detention beds and an increase in … Continue reading »

Heartbreaking Deportation Cases Explain Why 19 Senators Are Calling for Decreased Funding for Trump’s Deportation Force

Today, 19 Senators released a letter to the chairs and ranking members on the Senate Appropriations Committee calling for decreased funding for President Trump’s deportation force and detention beds, and insisting that no money be used to fund a “costly and unnecessary border wall.” Said Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund: The Trump Administration … Continue reading »

Senators Harris, Menendez, and Hirono, Immigrants, and Advocates Demand Reduced Funds for President Trump’s Mass Deportation Force

This afternoon, Senators Harris (D-CA), Menendez (D-NJ), and Hirono (D-HI) joined immigrants and advocates to urge their congressional colleagues to reduce funding for Trump’s deportation budget. A recording of today’s event is available here. The call follows the release of a letter, sent to the Senate Committee on Appropriations regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Bill, from … 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 »

DHS Secretary Kelly On Kids Who Flee Violence of Central America and Seek Safety and Family in America: “This is a Huge Scam”

John Kelly reveals his true colors Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was on Capitol Hill this week testifying in front of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Early in Trump’s presidency, many hoped Kelly would turn out to be an “adult in the room” who … Continue reading »

Sessions Capitulates on Defunding Sanctuary Cities On Monday, and then Launches a Sneak Attack on Tuesday

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to back down on his crusade to defund so-called “sanctuary cities” — jurisdictions that prioritize public safety for all, rather than deportation for all. In effect, he capitulated to a San Francisco court order and admitted that his threats to defund such cities were toothless. Here’s why: 1) the current … Continue reading »