Today, on the 9th anniversary of DACA, the Senate Judiciary held a committee hearing on H.R.6, the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.”  Senator Durbin, a long-time champion for Dreamers, opened the hearing highlighting the tremendous impact that DACAmented individuals have on our country. However, in the nine years since the creation of DACA… Continue »

Today, ICE announced that it will end their contracts with two detention facilities: Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, and Bristol County Detention Center in Massachusetts. This comes after years of community organizing and activism, particularly from the Detention Watch Network, to close these centers of abuse and terror.  This decision is long overdue, especially… Continue »

On Tuesday, April 27, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations held a hearing on unaccompanied children at the U.S. border. The hearing highlighted how the Trump administration gutted the asylum process through Title 42, Migrant Protection Protocols, and outspending resources on the border wall. From the witness stand, it is… Continue »

The first 100 days of a new administration say a lot about the new president’s priorities for the next four years. They set the tone for the new administration and give insight to the country’s new direction.    In 2021, the Biden Administration has made it clear that their focus on immigration not only involves undoing… Continue »

President Joe Biden stood firm as the nation’s leader last  night during his first joint session of Congress. He spoke about combating the COVID-19 pandemic, urged Americans to get vaccinated, and shared his plans on healthcare, foreign policy, gun control, police brutality, jobs, infrastructure, and immigration. As predicted, President Biden used this joint session of… Continue »

One of the cruelest fixtures of Trump’s immigration agenda was the creation of Migrant Protection Protocols (“MPP”) which nearly dismantled our asylum system at the border. This inhumane program forced immigrants to wait in dangerous conditions, often in makeshift camps in Mexico, until their cases could be heard in the United States. Sadly, with all… Continue »

Day two of the 2020 Republican National Convention was a night full of contradictions in regards to immigration policy. The same stream of racist rhetoric flowed throughout the event with new tricks to try to cover for this hateful rhetoric. Still, the central narrative of the convention was to talk about anything other than the… Continue »

The 2020 Republican National Convention did not shy away from the xenophobia, racism and dog-whistle politics that many predicted to be the inevitable narrative of the event. In the words of Frank Sharry, “after failing America on the pandemic, the economy and race relations, stoking fear of ‘the non-white other’ is pretty much all they… Continue »

Last night, the third night of the Democratic National Convention, brought forth hope for the future of this nation. Immigration was a key topic of discussion, and various leaders used their platform to denounce the injustices the Trump Administration has inflicted upon immigrant families. The convention showcased the vulnerability, strength, and compassion that drive us… Continue »

With the shift to an entirely virtual event, the Democratic National Convention is a somewhat unorthodox experiment this year as the country adjusts to this new reality of online campaigns. However, despite these constraints, many prominent members of the Democratic party were able to come together over the course of the first two nights of… Continue »