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ICYMI: David Leopold: “Jeff Sessions is wrong on immigration law, and he knows it”

Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ statements yesterday decrying sanctuary cities and threatening to defund them, immigration attorney David Leopold published ascathing critique in the Boston Globe of Sessions and his scaremongering tactics used to continue “the Trump administration’s campaign of fear and misinformation about immigrants.” According to Leopold, Sessions is wrong on immigration law, and … Continue reading »

Strong Resistance to Anti-Immigrant Scapegoating of Trump and Sessions

If the Trump White House was hoping that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ anti-immigrant scapegoating and newest threats against so-called “sanctuary cities” would help the Administration turn the page on a rough week and intimidate local leaders and jurisdictions into backing down, they can’t be happy with the reaction and resistance on display. Elected officials, law … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Radley Balko: “Trump doesn’t support cops. He supports cops who agree with him.”

In a new opinion piece for the Washington Post, Radley Balko reviews the attacks launched yesterday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions against local law enforcement agencies that refuse to act as ICE agents.  It is an excellent summary of the current state of the debate over so-called “sanctuary cities” and is a must read. Balko’s entire … Continue reading »

Members of Congress, Legal Experts, Advocates: Trump Should Keep Hands Off of Funding Protecting Communities

Donald Trump is at it again — continuing his war on immigrants, this time by announcing that he wants to take away funding protecting communities by making immigrant-friendly jurisdictions ineligible for Department of Justice grants. It’s a heavy-handed, intrusive-government move that many are saying is unconstitutional. Other arguments against the move include: The fact that … Continue reading »

Fresh Off Healthcare Defeat, Trump Administration Turns to Anti-Immigrant Scapegoating

The following is a quote from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, responding to the appearance of Attorney General Jeff Sessions at today’s White House press briefing, and the administration’s new anti-immigrant scapegoating plan: It’s painfully obvious that the Trump Administration wants to change the subject to anything other than its humiliating … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times Editorial: “President Trump’s Reckless Shame Game”

The New York Times writes a timely editorial blasting the Trump Administration and ICE for their “reckless shame game” — their ongoing attempts to publicly scapegoat immigrants and the communities that welcome them. According to the Times, the Trump Administration’s attempts to claim they are acting in the interest of public safety is “ridiculous — dangerously … Continue reading »

Since Gen. Kelly Can’t or Won’t Control His Troops, Why is Congress Throwing More Money at Him?

Rogue agency ICE needs more accountability and oversight, not more agents free to act with impunity U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is regarded by many law enforcement professionals as a rogue and unaccountable police agency. New revelations underscore this reputation and reveal a disturbing pattern of political retaliation, willful falsehoods, and the selective and … Continue reading »

Republicans Prepare to Terrorize Immigrants Across Florida With Trump-Inspired Legislation

The Florida Legislature is back in session, which means that new attacks on immigrant communities are not far behind. Emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory in November, Republican state legislators are preparing to attack immigrant families across the Sunshine State – regardless if those attacks lead to discrimination or racial profiling. The Tampa Bay Times reports: … Continue reading »

Judge Deals Blow To Miami-Dade’s Anti-Immigrant Policy Inspired by Trump

Miami-Dade’s anti-immigrant policy — and its Republican Mayor — are not having a good Friday morning. A new chapter in the fight to keep Donald Trump’s Deportation Force out of Florida’s Miami-Dade County, a place where over half its residents have been born abroad, began this morning when a circuit judge ruled that Miami-Dade’s anti-immigrant detainer … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Miami Has Always Welcomed Immigrants Like Me — Don’t Stop Now”

Once a welcoming and inclusive community committed to upholding American values and protecting its immigrant residents, Miami-Dade County, led by Mayor Carlos Giménez, is backtracking on its traditions of inclusivity. As Mayor Giménez moves to cooperate with the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, and the Miami Dade Commission considers this decision, José Parra writes … Continue reading »