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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 »

GOP-Led House Judiciary Committee Has Passed “Mass Deportation Act of 2017”

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 2431, known to advocates as the Mass Deportation Act of 2017, this week along with two other anti-immigrant bills which would bolster Donald Trump’s mass deportation agenda. The bills, among other things, would criminalize all undocumented immigrants living in the US, mandate detention for children crossing the border to … Continue reading »

As ICE Brags About Arrests and Congress Works to Turbocharge Trump’s Deportation Agenda, A Reminder of the Futures Shattered and Families Separated

This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) boasted about how many people they arrested during the first 100 days – even though the majority of people they arrested are either immigrants with no criminal record or immigrants who are not threats to public safety. At the same time, the GOP-led House is attempting to turbocharge … Continue reading »

Goodlatte Bills on Immigration Would Make It Easier to Deport Millions

…but what else would you expect from Goodlatte? As if House Republicans haven’t done enough damage to America yet. Today, the House Judiciary Committee lead by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) will take up a series of anti-immigrant bills intended to “turbocharge Trump’s mass deportation agenda”, and the Goodlatte bills will make it easier to deport … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Elise Foley: “New Republican Bills Would Ramp Up A Trump Deportation Force”

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up multiple draconian immigration bills aimed at ramping up President Trump’s cruel and costly deportation force. In her latest piece for HuffPost, titled, “New Republican Bills Would Ramp Up A Trump Deportation Force,” Elise Foley describes what’s at stake with tomorrow’s markup. We excerpt the … Continue reading »

At Thursday HJC Markup, House GOP Seeks to Enable and Expand Trump’s Mass Deportation Agenda

HJC Markup on Series of Cruel, Chaotic, and Costly Immigration and Refugee Bills On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will begin to markup a series of cruel, costly, and chaotic immigration bills that would enable and expand the Trump mass deportation agenda, despite the massive consequences and costs to America already on display due to … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Despite Numerous Examples of Corruption and Abuse, Republicans Push Legislation to Lower Border Patrol Hiring Standards

Already, approximately two-thirds of CBP applicants fail polygraph exam Tomorrow, the House of Representatives votes on HR 2213, which would allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the polygraph test for certain new hires, while a Senate committee holds a hearing on their version of the bill – the Boots on the Border Act … Continue reading »

Trump Mass Deportation Policy Destabilizing Workers, Farms, and Farming Communities Across the Nation

The Trump Administration’s hastily written, ill-advised executive orders on immigration have had many unintended consequences, including on the tourism industry and across farming communities and the agricultural sector. Over half of all United States farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Department of Labor; over 8 million undocumented immigrants contribute to America’s workforce, according … Continue reading »

New Research: Quotes from Farmers on Why Immigrants and Farm Workers Are So Important to US Businesses, Economy

Quotes from farmers about immigrants here Last week, Democratic Senators Feinstein (CA), Leahy (VT), Bennet (CO), Hirono (HI), and Harris (CA) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act, a new piece of legislation designed to protect farm workers from deportation and put them on a path to citizenship. It’s an important proposal for immigrant laborers who do … Continue reading »

Trump Is Not Softening on Immigration. Period.

After hours of breathless media speculation that Donald Trump was planning to “soften” his hardline immigration stance,  the President revealed in his address to Congress that his afternoon foray with news anchors was little more than a head fake. In his speech, Trump continued to embrace a cynical strategy of scorched-earth xenophobia. Frank Sharry: “Trump … Continue reading »