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Texas Refuses to Learn from Arizona, Alabama’s Mistake, Passes Anti-Immigrant SB4

The Texas House passed its version of the anti-immigrant SB4 today, a draconian bill that would allow local law enforcement officials to ask people about their immigration status, and one that has been described as a “white supremacist’s field day.” As five sheriffs wrote in an op-ed against the bill, SB4 is likely to make … Continue reading »

Texas Leaders Condemn SB4, Draconian State Legislation That Will Increase Racial Profiling, Undermine Public Safety and Persecute Immigrants and Immigrant-Friendly Communities

The state of Texas is on the verge of enacting legislation that could make the state a pariah in the eyes of the nation. Today, local elected officials and advocates gathered on a press call to condemn this legislation and outline the varied consequences, including: 1) promoting racial profiling based on appearance, background and accent … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: ‘It’s about public safety, stupid’

Trump’s relentless demonization of immigrants and communities that welcome them suffers setback in courts Yesterday, a federal judge ruled against the Trump Administration’s efforts to withhold funds from sanctuary cities. In addition to legal setbacks, the nativist agenda of the President Trump, Attorney General Sessions and DHS Secretary Kelly is facing increased opposition from the … Continue reading »

Texas House to Begin Debate on Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill Today

The Texas House will begin debate today on their version of SB 4, a statewide anti-sanctuary cities bill, just a day after a federal court ruled against the Trump Administration’s attempt to do something similar on the national stage. Yesterday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the Trump Administration could not withhold funding from cities … Continue reading »

New NBC/WSJ Poll: Support for Immigration at an All-Time High

The majority of the American people expressed support for immigration, believe immigration helps more than it hurts, oppose the wall and want a path to citizenship It seems the more American people listen to Donald Trump and his Administration rail against immigrants, the more they support the immigrants. The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll … Continue reading »

Trump’s Ego-Driven Insistence on Border Wall Funding is Hitting a Wall of Opposition: Democrats, the Public and Border State Republicans

What could go wrong? To what lengths will Donald Trump go to fulfill his considerable ego needs? Will he shut down the government unless he gets his way on border wall funding? These are the central questions this week, as Congress returns after recess to face the prospect of a government shutdown fight. Donald Trump … Continue reading »

During Congressional Recess, Constituents Demand Answers on Immigration

A Recap of Democratic and Republican Responses to the Immigration Resistance April’s Congressional Recess is over, and this week Congress returns to DC having heard from (and in some cases, doing battle with) their constituents over a number of issues. One of these issues was immigration reform, which was a topic brought up in almost … Continue reading »

New Report: Trump’s First 100 Days on Immigration: Yes, We Have a Deportation Force Carrying Out Mass Deportation. No, They Aren’t Focusing on “Bad Hombres”

Today, America’s Voice Education Fund releases a new report assessing immigration enforcement in the first 100 days on immigration of the Trump Administration (available in Spanish here). While President Trump has already flip-flopped on an array of campaign promises, deportations are proceeding in rigid accordance with Trump’s nativist campaign pledge. As we reach the traditional first … Continue reading »

ICYMI: NYT and WaPo Editorials Blast DHS’ Kelly, Trump Administration’s Approach to Immigration Enforcement

This morning, two of the nation’s leading editorial boards blasted DHS Secretary Kelly as well as the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement. See below for excerpts from new editorials from the New York Times: “Fearmongering at Homeland Security” and “ Torn From Their Families for No Good Reason,” and the Washington Post: “The Trump administration may … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is a DREAMer?

What is a DREAMer? When it comes to immigration reform, a “Dreamer” (often spelled “DREAMer”) refers to a young person who qualifies for the DREAM Act. DREAM Act and DACA The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is a piece of legislation first introduced to congress in 2001 that grants a pathway … Continue reading »