The Trump administration is touting reports of a surge in border apprehensions of Central American families and children seeking asylum as evidence for the President’s emergency declaration to build his wall.  This comes in advance of a potentially embarrassing Senate vote to revoke the President’s declaration. The narrow focus on the border fits perfectly with… Continue »

In an unprecedented attack on a long-held American tradition, the Trump administration is engaged in a comprehensive effort to close the door on people seeking refuge from persecution.  For those seeking refugee status from abroad, the administration has resettled the lowest number of refugees in more than 40 years and intends to continue this trend… Continue »

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Experts and advocates are denouncing yesterday’s decision by the Trump administration to slash the refugee admissions ceiling to an abysmal 30,000 per year – much lower than the 95,000 per year average since the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980. Vox’s Dara Lind illustrates the record lows with must-see charts; below is an excerpt… Continue »

Urge Administration to Keep Promise to Children Fleeing Violence and Process Pending Applications A recording of today’s call is available here. Today, immigrants’ rights leaders, refugee resettlement advocates, regional experts, and individuals impacted by the Central American Minors (CAM) program expressed their grave concern and opposition to the termination of the life-saving CAM program. The CAM… Continue »

01/08/18 DHS Decision Deadline for Salvadorans with TPS: 35 DAYS A recording of today’s call is available here. On a press call this afternoon, immigrant advocates, policy experts, and a Salvadoran TPS holder and member of UNITE HERE Local 11 laid out the importance of preserving protected status (TPS) for the 200,000 Salvadorans currently protected under the program.… Continue »

In a powerful new piece for Arizona Republic, Maxima Guerrero, a DACA-recipient, community organizer and Arizona State University student, reflects on her role in the long battle for comprehensive immigration reform and Congress’ exploitation of Dreamers. Instead of passing legislation to protect the Dreamer population, Congress has withheld legislation to use the cohort as bargaining chips.… Continue »

Over the holiday weekend, the New York Times published a powerful editorial criticizing the Obama Administration’s approach to the ongoing refugee emergency in Central America. The administration’s emphasis, heavy on deterrence and detention, stands in stark contrast to the Senate Democrats’ humane and practical approach to the refugee emergency (unveiled in late June and praised in the Times editorial). The editorial concludes by… Continue »

Senators Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, and 20 of their Democratic colleagues in the Senate have sent a letter to President Obama calling for a halt to recent ICE raids targeting Central American mothers and children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala for deportation. “We are troubled by the priorities reflected in these enforcement actions,” reads… Continue »

Washington, DC – The fast-developing story regarding Central American unaccompanied children arriving at our border is bringing out the best – and the worst – in America. While an increasing number of elected officials and commentators are determined to keep the focus on the well-being of children fleeing violence, others are intent to use the… Continue »

The Fix on Immigration: American People Support Citizenship, Republicans “Hard-Pressed to Vote Against” 12/11/12 at 11:38 am At The Fix, the Washington Post’s political blogger Chris Cillizza, took a close look at the new Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll (which we wrote about yesterday.) Cillizza came up with a number of “takeaways,” including this one on… Continue »