As the Trump administration continues to eviscerate asylum protections, several important new pieces draw important contrasts with the administration’s approach and motivations. In the Wall Street Journal, the American Immigration Council’s Aaron Reichlin-Melnick dismantles the falsehood peddled by the Trump team that those seeking asylum do not comply with court appointments. He shows how the… Continue »

Yesterday, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) made a unanimous consent request on the Senate floor to immediately pass the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) objected on behalf of Senate Republicans. In other words, Senate Republicans have no intention of actually helping Venezuelans whose… Continue »

1,000 New Cases of Family Separation Revealed Since Trump Declared Separations Were Over Yesterday brought home more disturbing reminders that the Trump Administration’s horrific family separations policy continues to this day. By exploiting the “best interests of the child” provisions in the child separation litigation settlement and using the “Remain in Mexico program,” the Trump… Continue »

English WBUR Where The Trump Administration’s Immigration Policy Stands Now By Meghna Chakrabarti July 30, 2019 Law360 Senate GOP Blocks Vote To Temporarily Protect Venezuelans July 30, 2019 Black Star News IMMIGRATION GROUP: SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCKING OF TPS LEGISLATION FOR VENEZUELANS “CRUEL AND INHUMAN” July 30, 2019 Associated Press ACLU: 911 children split at border… Continue »

A recording of the call is available here. Earlier today, immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call to discuss the upcoming Senate markup of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’s so-called asylum reform bill and discuss the House’s actions to pass affirmative legislation to address immigration/asylum/detention and much needed oversight into detention conditions and border… Continue »

“My mantra has persistently been presenting aliens with multiple unsolvable dilemmas to impact their calculus for choosing to make the arduous journey to begin with.” Yesterday, the Trump Administration took the latest step in their ongoing effort to dismantle the asylum process in the form of U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr’s decision to end asylum… Continue »

Trump Enablers Tout Attacks as Brilliant Strategy As we take stock of President Trump’s vile racism and recognize the moral depravity of his bigotry, let’s also engage in some real talk about whether “racism as an electoral strategy is going to work for him.” After what transpired in the midterms in 2018, we are optimistic… Continue »

The following is a statement from Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for America’s Voice, in response to U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) attempt at a unanimous consent request to pass the House-passed Venezuelan TPS Act of 2019. Republicans blocked the legislation today on the Senate floor. It comes… Continue »

Far From It On Friday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration entered into what was described by the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security as a “safe country” agreement with Guatemala to “to require people who travel through that country to seek refuge from persecution there instead of in the United States.” As… Continue »

English Vox The 2020 Democratic immigration debate, explained By Tara Golshan July 29, 2019 WBUR Where The Trump Administration’s Immigration Policy Stands Now July 30, 2019 Bangor Daily News Tuesday, July 30, 2019: Finding the truth, taking a stand against hate, a safe injection site for Bangor By Joyce Schelling July 29, 2019 The Wall… Continue »