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Bronx HS Students Stand Up to Ted Cruz, Fight for Inclusive Vision of America

Though it wasn’t a major national media story, we think the most significant political news from yesterday involved a group of high school students in the Bronx. In advance of Ted Cruz’s scheduled appearance at their high school, a group of students wrote a letter asking their principal to cancel the visit. The students noted that Cruz … Continue reading »

Is Ted Cruz the Trump Alternative? Not When it Comes to Immigration Policy

Donald Trump’s loss in the Wisconsin primary has generated a fresh round of assessments that Ted Cruz has the momentum as the leading alternative to Trump for the GOP nomination. However, when it comes to immigration, Cruz isn’t much of an alternative to Trump’s nativism. Both have adopted hardline anti-immigrant policy positions that are sharply … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times Editorial and Bloomberg Opinion Piece Condemn Border Patrol Union Endorsement of Donald Trump

Last week, we noted that the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) endorsement of Donald Trump should not have been surprising, given the union’s longstanding relationship and collusion with the anti-immigrant movement. A new editorial and new opinion piece, by the New York Times and Bloombergrespectively, weigh in to offer additional commentary and condemnation. We present the pieces below, which are also available online … Continue reading »

When Will DAPA and DACA+ Go to the Supreme Court?

On January 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments in the case of Texas v. the United States. The justice granted a request from the Obama administration to review the Fifth Circuit decision upholding Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction blocking implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA. On April 18, 2016, the Court … Continue reading »

NBPC’s Anti-Immigrant Manifesto

In reality, it’s no surprise that the National Border Patrol Council threw its support behind the campaign of Donald Trump.  His candidacy has been filled with racist and xenophobic epithets from the beginning, and this is a group frequently connected to extreme-right organizations with a decidedly anti-immigrant animus. It’s also unsurprising that indviduals charged with … Continue reading »

Finding Judge Hanen: How U.S. v. Texas Began

On March 28th, lawyers for the 26 Republican Governors and Attorneys General, led by the State of Texas and its Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed their response brief in the lawsuit they initiated in December of 2014 to stop President Obama’s executive actions.  David Leopold did an analysis of that brief, noting, “Like everything else … Continue reading »

Shocker! National Border Patrol Council, with Deep Ties to Anti-Immigrant Movement, Endorses Leading Anti-Immigrant Candidate Donald Trump

Only Surprising Aspect of News that NBPC Endorsed Trump is that it Took Them This Long to Endorse The news that the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) has endorsed Republican frontrunner Donald Trump generated a flurry of attention yesterday. Yet the only surprising thing about yesterday’s announcement is that it took the National Border Patrol Council this … Continue reading »

Paul Ryan May Be Silent, But Many Conservative Columnists And Strategists Are Slamming Trumpism

Speaker Paul Ryan’s speech yesterday — initially anticipated to be a denunciation of Trumpism — didn’t do much of anything when it came to Donald Trump. In fact, Trump wasn’t even mentioned by name, and Ryan didn’t back down from his repeated statements that he would back Trump as the Republican nominee. So much for that “big … Continue reading »

Senator Reid To Republican Leadership: Blame Yourselves For The Rise Of Trump

In a blistering speech at the Center for American Progress yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid laid blame for the dangerous rise of Donald Trump squarely at the feet of Republican leaders. “The Republican establishment acts bewildered,” Senator Reid said. “But they shouldn’t.” “For eight years, [GOP leaders] drained all the oxygen from the policy … Continue reading »

Rep. Gutiérrez: House Republicans Are “Stoking Anti-Immigrant Fears And Mass Deportation Fantasies”

It’s Donald Trump’s GOP now, as House Republicans voted yesterday to file an amicus brief to the Supreme Court against President Obama’s immigration actions. It wasn’t lost on many that this wasn’t just an anti-immigrant vote, but a boldly political one, too. Five Republicans sided with 188 Democrats to vote against it. But all 234 … Continue reading »