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Calling Out Secretary Kelly on ICE Targets and Tactics

Despite Sec. Kelly’s Spin During Capitol Hill Testimony, More Disturbing Examples of ICE Targets Show Real World Reality Doesn’t Match Rhetoric The Trump Administration’s FY18 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget request seeks billions of dollars to ramp up its mass deportation force and policy. Yesterday and today, during testimony before the House and Senate appropriations committees, DHS Secretary … Continue reading »

“Silent Raids” Across America: ICE Turning Routine Check-ins Into Deportations

Last week, ICE announced that in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration arrests of undocumented immigrants increased by 38%. A key way the Trump Administration is running up its deportation numbers involves going after the undocumented immigrants who are easiest to find – those who have been checking in with ICE regularly for … 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 »

Frank Sharry Reacts to Newly Released ICE Data

Newly released ICE data reveals that the rate of deportations has increased 38% during the Trump Administration, including a 156% increase in the removal of immigrants who have no criminal history and don’t deserve to be deported. Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice Education Fund issued the following statement: Secretary Kelly and ICE Director Thomas Homan … Continue reading »

Washington Post on Two Consequences of Trump’s Immigration Extremism: Fear of Broken Families and Refusal to Report Crimes

Recent Washington Post stories capture two devastating consequences of the Trump Administration’s mass deportation vision and implementation: undocumented parents of millions of U.S. citizen children are trying to plan for their potential separation due to deportation; and police departments across America are reporting a disturbing drop in crime reporting due to immigrants’ fear of the … Continue reading »

Round-Up: Across the Nation, Immigrants Are Too Afraid of Deportation to Report Crime

Every day, we see more reports of mass deportation from Donald Trump’s Administration, whether it’s a Dreamer who is being threatened despite DACA or a father who has been checking in with ICE for years — only to suddenly be told to buy a plane ticket “home” after spending decades in the US. Mass deportation … Continue reading »

The New Silent Raids: Check-In and Be Deported

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump stated that his Administration’s immigration enforcement would focus on criminals, stating: We’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country — and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before…it’s a military operation.” Yet as we have been highlighting, … Continue reading »

No More Discretion? Trump Administration Deporting Low Priority Immigrants Across America

Deportation cases of low priority immigrants from across America continue to expose the Trump Administration’s purported emphasis on “bad hombres” to be little more than a smokescreen. The Administration and Republican members of Congress talk ad nauseum about prioritizing serious criminals, but with DHS targeting virtually each and every undocumented immigrant they encounter, the GOP … Continue reading »

What Would Texas Look Like Under SB 4 Law? Look at Gwinnett County, Georgia

Right now, the developing crisis in immigration reform is Texas’ SB 4 law, the new anti-immigrant state legislation which will lead to more racial profiling, discrimination, detention, and deportations. One of SB 4’s provisions allows local law enforcement officers to ask for the immigration status of those they’ve pulled over. What seems like a simple permission is … Continue reading »

Sec. Kelly Would Rather Send Women, Children Into Danger Than Do His Job

Did John Kelly try to save face over the deportation of a Honduras mother by returning Bob Casey’s calls at 6:30 am? Tweetstorm over the deportation of a Honduras mother Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) drew national attention to the deportation of a Honduran mother and child this week when he began live-tweeting their removal. “It’s … Continue reading »