Granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras can provide stability to region and safety to those who have fled disasters  In a letter sent yesterday to the Biden Administration, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services are calling for TPS to be granted to migrants from Central… Continue »

Asylum seekers don’t abscond, they show up “Catch and release.” It has been invoked cynically and repeatedly by the right to justify a web of cruel policies aimed at gutting the nation’s asylum system and deterring asylum-seekers. It’s one of those catch-phrases popularized by the right and picked up by the mainstream media.  And it’s… Continue »

The Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act allows Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency.  Yesterday, Senators Chris van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined TPS holders and advocates on a press call to announce the reintroduction of the SECURE Act. TPS holders have been… Continue »

Right wing media, ex-Trump officials, anti-immigrant hardliners and leading Republicans are stoking fears of a “border crisis.” They talked incessantly about a caravan that never made it to the border. They cite unnamed Border Patrol sources to sensationalize a modest uptick in border crossings and releases. They blame any increase on what they call “the… Continue »

Right wing media, ex-Trump officials, anti-immigrant hardliners and leading Republicans are stoking fears of a “border crisis.” They talked incessantly about a caravan that never made it to the border. They cite unnamed Border Patrol sources to sensationalize a modest uptick in border crossings and releases. They blame any increase on what they call “the… Continue »

“… Congress must immediately pass the SECURE Act so that we can finally recognize in law what is already a reality …” Earlier today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced the reintroduction of the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which will give Temporary Protected… Continue »

McConnell, Cotton, Young move to deny stimulus payments to people who already don’t get them   Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said today that denying stimulus checks to undocumented immigrants is his top goal today as the Senate debates COVID-19 relief measures. Reliably anti-immigrant Sen. Tom Cotton is also stressing this red herring and Sen.… Continue »

dream act

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are set to unveil a bipartisan version of the Dream Act, legislation to provide a road to citizenship for nearly 2 million Dreamers who are Americans in all but paperwork. The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: The bipartisan Dream Act… Continue »

After four years of intense, sadistic, and systematic attacks on immigrant communities of color, the winds are beginning to blow their way, not only through acts and words of goodwill but now, above all, with concrete steps at the highest level. What political irony the United States is living today: just a few months ago,… Continue »

“President Trump’s animus towards all immigrants is perhaps only surpassed by his particular animus towards Black migrants.”    Amid the mostly positive news from the Biden Administration regarding immigration, the deportation of Black migrants stands out as an immediate area where White House intervention is needed. ICE continues to aggressively enforce Trump-era policies that target… Continue »