The New York Times’ editorial board is out with a new piece slamming Trump’s asylum ban and self-made immigration crisis. In it, the board points out that Trump “creates nonexistent threats, generates manufactured fears and prepares exaggerated responses, all leading to a erosion of the rule of law, to feed more fears.” The editorial is… Continue »

As President Trump lies, stokes fears, and tries to whip up a frenzy over border security and the caravan, the most of the GOP is marching in lockstep. The drumbeat of ugly and race-baiting immigration attack ads continue in races across the country. Why? Because the “divide and distract” strategy as directed by Trump and… Continue »

Over the last few weeks, Donald Trump has been traveling the country to reinforce the GOP’s divide and distract strategy and campaign for some of the worst anti-immigrant candidates running in 2018. Crafted with the help of Stephen Miller, the divide and distract strategy has been promoting cynical political tactics that scapegoat immigrants in order… Continue »

Attacking immigrants for electoral success is, unfortunately, not a new phenomenon, but Donald Trump and Stephen Miller’s 2018 midterm divide and distract strategy has almost entirely consumed the Republican Party this election cycle. This cynical political strategy seeks to scapegoat immigrants to distract from the GOP’s unpopular policies. We wanted to take a look at… Continue »

In a piece written following Trump’s inauspicious speech at the UN General Assembly, Greg Sargent analyzes Trump’s xenophobic nationalism and concludes it is producing terrible policy outcomes and widespread public disapproval. The piece is excerpted below and available in full here. President Trump gave a speech today at the United Nations in which he flatly… Continue »

With eight weeks until Election Day, America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry assesses the Republicans’ ugly “divide and distract” political strategy and offers advice for how Democrats and progressives should respond, in a new Medium post. The full piece is posted below and available online at Medium here. Republicans can’t run on healthcare because they… Continue »

Originally published August 27, 2018; updated September 9, 2018. Revelations of white nationalist associations within the Trump Administration are tragically neither new nor surprising. But the recent firings of DHS analyst Ian Smith and  White House speechwriter Darren Beattie are just the latest reminders of how embedded white nationalism is in the current Administration. Far from… Continue »

Today, primary races in Tennessee voters will choose candidates for Governor, Senate, and several House races — and following the Trump/GOP 2018 script of divide and distract, attacks on immigrants were a central component. On the Republican side, the main immigration decision for candidates this year seemed to be how vigorously to attack immigrants. We… Continue »

Somali Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Holders to Face Uncertainty After Non Re-Designation Decision In an article from Rewire, Tina Vazquez highlights the distress felt by Somali TPS holders as well as advocacy groups as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to not re-designate Somalia for the program. The non re-designation cruelly prohibits any new… Continue »

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), like its agency cousin ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), is a relatively new agency and has only operated since 2003. In that short time, however, CBP has developed a long record of abuses — so many that Politico once called it America’s “most out-of-control enforcement agency” — yet the Trump… Continue »